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Abuja Literary, Arts Festival Group Drums Support For Emerging Artists

Organisers of Abuja Literary and Arts Festival, ALITFEST22, have called on relevant stakeholders in the Nigerian art industry to support upcoming artists.

ALITFEST22 will hold a one-week literary and arts festival as part of activities marking its fifth edition slated to start on October 2 and run through to October 8, 2022.

Bamas Victoria, Head of External Communication ALITFEST22 disclosed this in a statement made available to WikkiTimes.

“The ~struggling~ thriving artists” will be the theme for this year’s event which “will be heralded by pre-festival activities and succeeded by post-festival activities.”

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She said a hybrid book jam on September 30 featuring award-winning poet Sueedie Vershima  Agema and a reading circle forms part of the pre-festival activities.

Bamas said creative workshop which will see  Efe Paul Azino (poet), Yewande Omotosho (writer) and Kukogho Ireusiri Samson (writer, poet and art administrator) facilitating workshops on the themes of building a career as a poet and writing compelling characters is part of the main festival activities.

Both workshops will be held virtually from 2–4 p.m. each day, starting with the Writing workshop on October 3 and the poetry workshop on October 4.

While one of the post-festival activities tentatively scheduled to take place in November is a series of activities geared toward teen engagement. Others include the announcement of the short story competition winners sponsored by Roving Heights. 

Last year’s short story competition, which saw several people winning cash prizes, can be downloaded here

One of the highlights of ALITFEST22, which interestingly is a new addition to the festival, is the fashion show which is “a mis-mash of young and promising brands in Abuja who cater to street styles, corporate work wear and even fun and spontaneous staples” ALITFEST22 fashion event lead, Aida Olugbemiga said.

Another high point is a stage play by Dike Chukwumerijie’s Simply Poetry titled “Man-made Gods”. The tickets for this can be obtained independently of the festival or with the festival’s here and here.

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“The regular N2500 ticket for ALITFEST22 grants you access to the workshops, opening ceremony, poetry slam and closing session, which includes a fashion and music event. The stage play will be held at Merit House and comes at an additional cost of N2000 or N1000 (with PVC). Tickets for the stage play can be bought at the venue or online at a total cost of N4500 or N3500. The breakdown of the festival and venues will be emailed to everyone that buys a ticket,” explains the Festival Director, Teniola Tayo

ALITFEST is an annual week-long multi-genre festival organised by the Abuja Literary Society (ALS) based in Nigeria’s capital city.

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