AWF re-launches lit­er­ary fes­ti­val

Sunday Trust - - ARTS & IDEAS - By Halima Abdulrazak

The Abuja Writ­ers Fo­rum has an­nounced plans to re­vive the Abuja Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val which will run from June 28-30, 2018 in Abuja.

The Fes­ti­val is be­ing re-launced to mark the tenth an­niver­sary of the Abuja Writ­ers Fo­rum which be­gan its lit­er­ary ac­tiv­i­ties in June 2008.

It will fea­ture bookrama ses­sions with au­thors from within and out­side Abuja, panel dis­cus­sions, film screen­ings, drama per­for­mances, an in­ter­na­tional art and photo ex­hi­bi­tion, poetry per­for­mances, a five-day drama work­shop, a book ex­hi­bi­tion and a script-pitch.

The work­shop is de­signed for po­ten­tial drama­tists be­tween the ages of 18-35, fo­cus­ing on de­vel­op­ing scripts rel­e­vant to so­ci­etal de­vel­op­ment and will be fa­cil­i­tated by two ex­pe­ri­enced drama­tists.

There would also be a one day dig­i­tal me­dia train­ing for the work­shop par­tic­i­pants as part of the fes­ti­val, aimed at help­ing par­tic­i­pants to recog­nise that story-telling has now be­come mul­ti­plat­form and they should start ap­pre­ci­at­ing rel­e­vant dig­i­tal tools for writ­ing, edit­ing, for­mat­ting and pro­duc­tion.

This is sig­nif­i­cant be­cause dig­i­tal lit­er­acy has be­come im­por­tant across board, and cre­ative writ­ers need to be­come aware of the enor­mous po­ten­tial the plat­form of­fers for pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion.

The Abuja Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val made its de­but in 2008 and en­joyed the sup­port of a few stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing the Nige­ria Liq­ue­fied Nat­u­ral Gas (NNLG) com­pany. More de­tails of the Abuja Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val will be an­nounced in the com­ing weeks.

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