Berlin’s Second Festival of African Writers 2019

Enrichment of cultural horizons by discovering modern African literature

February 07th, 2019
Anna Kabilova, News from Berlin
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Source of the picture: Afrika Center Berlin

The Africa Center Berlin organizes a series of drum- workshops where the refugees from African countries will work as a team. On Friday, February 15th the last workshop will take place in Afrika Center on Hohenstaufenstrasse 3. The event starts at 6:30 pm and can accommodate up to 15 participants. Instruments are provided.

Very soon, Berliners will have an excellent opportunity to visit the African Book Festival 2019, under the supervision of the world famous African writer Tsitsi Damgarembga. Dangarembga who is known as a writer, director, playwright, filmmaker and activist. The world popularity brought her the book Nervous Conditions in 1988, the first novel written and published in English by a black woman in Zimbabwe. In 1989 the book was awarded the African section of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and after 13 years it entered the list of hundred best books of Africa of the 20th century. Last year the BBC has added the novel to the list of “100 Stories That Shaped the World”.

The book did not become the only achievement of the Tsitsi Dangarembga, after graduating from the Deutsche Film und Fernseh Academy and receiving a PhD in African cinema from the Institute for African Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin, she founded the film production company “Nyeria Films” in Harare. In subsequent years, she also took over the management of the “International Images Film Festival for Women “and “Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa “.

Now Tsitsi Dangarembga is given a chance to embody her cultural experience in the development and enrichment of the artistic direction of the African book festival. The festival takes place from April 4th to 7th 2019 at the cinema BABYLON at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin-Mitte, everyone is invited to the opening ceremony, which will be held on Thursday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, at the above address. You can also check the festival’s daily program or book tickets online on the website  


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