What you need to know

“Draws top African writers.” – #UgandaReading

“East Africa’s leading literary festival.” – AFREADA

When you come to the festival
Expressed in modern diction, “Ugandan party life will finish your money.” The plus side here is; no one has to spend on an entrance fee to join in on the fun. At no cost, you get the chance to be entertained by the most sought after performers in the creative realm.
The Writivism festival is a unique merry-making ceremony. The event celebrates African culture with emphasis on creative arts in every aspect that is; photography, poetry recitals, stage plays, fashion, music to say the least. The festival is also held to celebrate African literature and remind you that books are very much enjoyable; you just haven’t landed on a good story yet.

“East Africa’s Biggest Literary Festival.” – Okay Africa

“Boiling pot of literary consciousness.” – Nevender.com

Artistic performances; every play, drama, concert, poem is formed out of words then brought to life through melody, body language and speech. Performances by award winning writers like Harriet Anena, Joshua Mmali and several short films will be screened.
The festival is a family event. We have organized children’s activities too to make it as inclusive as possible. There will be a kid’s corner too facilitated by the celebrated Acan Innocent who has just recently released a kid’s book titled Black, Yellow, Red.

“Uganda’s leading literary festival.” – Bookshybooks.com

“Pulling together the best Pan-African authors.” – City Press

Key note conversations; on topics like race and nationalism featuring figures like Apollo Makubya and Jennifer Makumbi not forgetting book launches.
The 2019 festival brings back Ugandan Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Chair of the Writivism Short Story Prize judging panel, winner of the Kwani Manuscript Prize, Commonwealth Prize and lecturer of Creative Writing in the United Kingdom) with her new book, Manchester Happened, alongside Ghanaians Afetsi Awonoor and Kinna Likimani, Kenyan Dr. Christopher Ouma (professor at University of Cape Town) as well as Zimbabwean Panashe Chigumadzi (winner of the K. Sello Duiker Literary Prize and doctoral fellow at Harvard University) with her new book, These bones will rise again.

“One of Africa’s fast rising literary festivals.” – Her Zimbabwe

“A gathering of Africa’s finest literary minds of our time.” – Daily Monitor

Activities of the festival

  • Photography Exhibition
    • Short films
    • Fashion, Music and Poetry Night
    • Kids’ book club
    • Book launches
    • Book Party: 2017 and 2018 Writivism anthologies
    • Poetry Performances
    • Film Night
    • Books, T. Shirts, alcohol and other merchandise on sale
  • Happy Hour alcohol party

“Mostly run by writers and intellectuals in their 20s and 30s.” – The East African

“A leading crowd-pulling hotspot of literary activities on the continent.” – Brittle Paper

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