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Wednesday July 21st, 2021 with Hans G. Ruprecht
Kalaf EPALANGA, the renowned author of fiction and poetry, who is also a musician, in conversation about the AFRICAN BOOK FESTIVAL 2021 in Berlin, which he curated with regard to the festival's cultural events.

AFRICAN BOOK FESTIVAL 2021 "Telling The Origin Stories" - 16.-17. July in Berlin. Events LIST OF BOOKS PARTICIPANTS (authors and moderators) Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako, Aline Frazão, Bisi Adjapon, Chimeka Garricks, Exocé Kasongo, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Joanna Legid, Johny Pitts, José Eduardo Agualusa, Jumoke Adeyanju, Kalaf Epalanga, Karla Kutzner, Leye Adenle, Marita Van der Vyver, Martha Fessehatzion, Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda, Niq Mhlongo, Ondjaki, Stefanie Hirsbrunner, Sulaiman Addonia, Telma Tvon, Toty Sa'med, Yara Monteiro. Press – African Book Festival Every year, the African Book Festival gathers some of the most influential authors and artists from the African continent and its diaspora for readings, discussions, interviews, concerts as well as theatre and spoken word performances. The festival goes beyond presenting new books and authors by actively engaging with the current political and social issues in its programme. This summer, the renowned Angolan author and musician Kalaf Epalanga curates the event and will explore the 2021 festival theme “Telling the Origin Stories” by focusing on questions of origin, affiliation and identity. Lusophone literature and the connection between music and literature will also be at the heart of the event. In addition to live literature, guests will be able to explore market stalls offering African food, books, jewellery and more. In order to portray the continent in all its diversity as accurately as possible, the artistic direction and main focus theme of the African Book Festival change every year. This year´s edition is curated by Kalaf Epalanga. Born in Angola and based in Berlin and Lisbon, Epalanga wrote regular literary columns for the prestigious Portuguese newspaper O Público and has received critical acclaim for his first novel Também os Brancos Sabem (engl.: The Whites Also Can Dance, Editorial Caminho, 2017) which was recently acquired for translation by Faber & Faber. This year´s headliner is José Eduardo Agualusa, whose work has been translated into more than 30 languages. We are also happy to have Yara Monteiro, Ondjaki, Natasha Omokhodion, Kalulu Banda, Marita Van Der Vyver, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Sulaiman Addonia, Chimeka Garricks, Bisi Adjapon, Jumoke Adeyanju, Martha Fessehatzion and Toty Sa´Med among our guests. The African Book Festival is presented by InterKontinental e.V., a non-profit association whose goal is to promote literature from Africa as well as writers from African countries in Germany. We facilitate literary events and design innovative concepts. Our work is based on an equal collaboration and exchange between Germany and the countries of the African continent and its diaspora. All our projects are curated by African partners.
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