SENEGAL-LITTERATURE / The third Dakar Book and Literature Festival opens on May 29, according to its president – Senegalese Press Agency

SENEGAL-LITTERATURE / The third Dakar Book and Literature Festival opens on May 29, according to its president – Senegalese Press Agency
SENEGAL-LITTERATURE / The third Dakar Book and Literature Festival opens on May 29, according to its president – Senegalese Press Agency

Dakar, May 11 (APS) – ”The book, memory of civilizations” is the theme of the third edition of the Dakar International Book and Literature Festival (FILID) and will be held from May 29 to June 1, announced its director, Abdoulaye Fodé Ndione, on Friday.

”This year’s theme is very meaningful because, as stipulated in Memory of Civilizations, the book constitutes a place of memory. It is also a treasure which accumulates years of civilization, a landmark which allows us to visit the past and even sometimes to predict the future,” he explained during a press conference.

Describing the major axes of the 2024 edition of the festival, Mr. Ndione indicated that its particularity lies in the integration of the educational establishments which will be in the spotlight, in particular Les cours Sainte Marie de Hann, the John Fitzgerald Kennedy high school and Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar.

Round tables, writing workshops, exchanges and literary competitions, as well as exhibitions and poetry recitals will be on the menu of the event, he noted, not without reassuring that a poetry competition will be organized in both invited establishments where two winners will be selected in each of them.

The winners of the ”Annette Mbaye d’Ernevilles Prize for poetry, ”Abdoulaye Racine Senghor Prize for the Senegalese novel” and the ”Cheikh Hamidou Kane Prize for the novel” will be revealed during the festival.

the director of the festival at the same time indicated that the inclusion of establishments and the Cheikh Anta Diop University, ”serves as a test” to see how to expand the festival across the extent of the Senegalese territory for the fourth edition. He describes FILID as a ”meeting place that nourishes production”.

From his point of view, ”these fruitful and productive exchange meetings aim to connect the trio of writers, publishers and readers, in particular pupils and students who, in the near future will be able to distinguish themselves in literary production bodies” ‘.

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