About AAWPF

The All African Women Poetry Festival is a four-day event with a multifaceted approach:

Empowering African Women:

  • Celebrating the voices and creativity of African women in literature.
  • Fostering a sense of identity and empowerment among female poets and literary enthusiasts.
  • Addressing important women-centric themes through poetry.

Youth Empowerment and Education:

  • Engaging secondary school students through an inter-school spoken word competition.
  • Teaching African literature and nurturing a love for poetry.
  • Providing students with the opportunity to express themselves and build their self-confidence.

Community Outreach:

  • Reaching out to pregnant market women and head porters (Kayaye), addressing their unique challenges.
  • Celebrating the diverse voices of African women in literature.
  • Empowering marginalized communities through artistic expression.

Our festival closely aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We contribute to improving women’s wellbeing (SDG 3), Quality Education (SDG 4) by imparting literary knowledge to students and fostering a love for literature. We promote Gender Equality (SDG 5) by celebrating and empowering African women. We address Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10) by engaging with marginalized communities, specifically pregnant market women and head porters. Additionally, our collaborative and partnership-driven approach reflects the essence of Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17).

 

One key element of the festival is honoring by celebrating one woman Literary Legend annually.

The festival aims to host Poets, Spoken Word Artists, and stakeholders in shaping the African narrative from across the continent in a bid to foster collaboration, networking, and knowledge sharing and to expand the scope of experience beyond our individual spheres of influence or residence. 

The next edition of the festival is scheduled to take place from May 23rd to May 26th, 2024 

The festival’s guest list and program will be announced in March 2024. 

What is the All African Women Poetry Festival?

The All African Women Poetry Festival is an annual cultural event that seeks to celebrate, promote and amplify the African story from the African and African diaspora woman’s perspective through the art Poetry. It is designed to celebrate African literature, empower women, educate the youth, and engage with marginalized communities.

When and where does the festival take place?

The festival typically takes place in the month of May, at various locations in Ghana, with the specific date and location varying from year to year. You can check the festival's official website for the most up-to-date information.

Who organizes the All African Women Poetry Festival?

The all African women Poetry festival is an initiative of Tuniq Africa , a project management outfit which focuses on creative art events, concerts and festivals. The festival is organized by a dedicated team of individuals and volunteers who are passionate about promoting the voices of African women in the world of poetry with the generous support of sponsors, partnering organisations and grants. The organizing team may change from year to year.

What is the goal of the festival?

The primary goal of the festival is to provide a platform for African women poets to share their work, engage in discussions, and connect with a broader audience. It aims to empower and amplify the voices of African women in the literary and artistic communities.

Who can attend the festival?

The festival is open to anyone interested in poetry and African culture. While it primarily focuses on the work of African women poets, it welcomes poetry enthusiasts of all backgrounds.

Is there an admission fee for the festival?

The festival's admission policy may vary from year to year. Some events may be free, while others may require a ticket purchase or registration. Check the festival's website and social media pages for the most current information on fees and registration.

Can I participate as a poet in the festival?

The festival often welcomes submissions from African women poets who would like to participate in readings, workshops, and other events. Check the festival's website for submission guidelines and deadlines.

What can I expect to see and do at the festival?

The festival typically features poetry readings, panel discussions, workshops, performances, therapy, self-care stations and cultural activities. It's a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich exchange of African poetry and culture.

How can I stay updated on festival news and announcements?

To stay informed about the festival's latest news, schedule, and updates, you can visit the official website, subscribe to their annual magazine and follow their social media profiles.

How can I support the All-African Women Poetry Festival?

You can support the festival by attending its events, purchasing tickets, spreading the word, volunteering, and, if you're a poet, by submitting your work for consideration. Additionally, you can help look for sponsorship and partnership opportunities if you are interested in contributing to the festival's success.

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