The Doek Literary Festival is back

Doek, in collaboration with Bank Windhoek, is proud to announce the second edition of the Doek Literary Festival, which will take place at the Goethe-Institut Windhoek from August 21 to 24, 2024 free of charge.

A biennial event, the Doek Literary Festival celebrates the works of writers, poets and visual artists who have contributed to Doek. Literary magazine, which seeks to showcase the best of Namibian literature along with works from Africa and the African diaspora. The festival is an integral part of Doek’s mission to nurture and grow the country’s reading and writing culture, while providing a creative and immersive space to encounter the works of writers, poets and visual artists from Namibia and Africa. This year’s writers, poets, visual artists and performing musicians are Roxane Bayer (Namibia), Chiké Frankie Edozien (Nigeria), Ndawedwa Denga Hanghuwo (Namibia), Ishion Hutchinson (Jamaica), Filemon Iiyambo (Namibia), Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia and USA), Nelson Mlambo (Zimbabwe), Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu, Troy Onyango (Kenya), Ondjaki (Angola), David Smuts (Namibia), Mukoma Wa Ngūgī (Kenya) and Zukiswa Wanner (South Africa).

Stage Poets: Charmaine //Gamxamus (Namibia) and Veripuami Nandee Kangumine (Namibia). Visual artists: Namafu Amutse (Namibia) and Jean-Claude Tjitamunisa (Namibia). Performing musicians: Querida, Gabes and Slow.

With Bank Windhoek as the official festival sponsor, the Doek Literary Festival 2024 is a coming-of-age gathering featuring an exciting line-up of award-winning authors, poets, photographers and musicians.

Festival attendees will be able to enjoy panel discussions, creative writing workshops, and musical performances focused on this year’s theme: “IndePENdencia: Freedom through Reading and Writing.”

The eclectic collection of writers, poets and visual artists (from Namibia, Angola, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe) selected in the program will explore the pleasures, dangers, past dreams, present conditions and future challenges of the narrative. in the country, Africa and the world with his published works as a backdrop for exciting research.

”Thanks to the continued support of Bank Windhoek, the second edition of the Doek Literary Festival has been able to tap into literary talent from as far away as Jamaica and the United States to bring local readers and writers into contact with storytellers of the highest caliber, said Rémy Ngamije, founder and president of Doek and current director of the festival.

“It is an opportunity for readers and writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry to learn from the best in the world of literature. For photography lovers, two of Namibia’s most promising photographers will also showcase their work and talk about how they approach their craft.”

Co-sponsored by the Windham Campbell Awards, the Doek Literary Festival continues an ongoing collaboration with international literary organisations, supporting Doek’s work to establish Namibia as a vibrant community of readers and writers, and a literary destination. In 2022, the inaugural festival was organized by the International Chair of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

“The planning, organizing and hosting skills required to make this festival a success are almost immeasurable,” said Ngamije. I am therefore delighted that Doek, thanks to the support of his patron, the Honorable Judge David Smuts, and the board of directors, has been able to secure a Namibian cast of festival partners to help make it a success.’ ‘