The Asmara-Addis Literary Festival (In Exile): A vagabond international literary festival with pan-African roots
Edition II: Pure Art is An Abstraction
27-28 Feb

Launching at the spectacular venue of Muziekpublique, Théâtre Molière, in the heart of Matonge, this year’s edition, the Asmara-Addis Literary Festival (In Exile) will explore the boundaries between art and literature, and how these divides might be more illusionary and arbitrary than real. Growing bigger from a successful launch last year, the festival will welcome talent with backgrounds in thirty different countries (eighteen of them in Africa) & we will hear words spoken in more than ten African, Asian & European languages. The festival will feature readings, panels, book launches, music performances, an exhibition and artwork through a series of events headlined by a cast of acclaimed writers, musicians, poets, and artists, as well as students from the creative writing academy for refugees & asylum seekers. 

A confluence of literature art music in diaspora creativity: The festival sponsors

The AALFIE is proud to bring together Ixelles Commune, Passa Porta, La Cambre, School of Visual Arts, and the UK-based Sawti for a two-day festival of African Diaspora literature, poetry, dance, art and music in Matonge, in the heart of Brussels. Over the course of the two days, these cultural institutions bundle their strengths to convene artists and people at a point of confluence for new synergies, ideas, collaborations, and creations.

Artists @ AALFIE Edition II

This year, AALFIE welcomes artists with backgrounds in thirty different countries (eighteen of them in Africa) & there will words spoken in more than ten African, Asian & European languages:
Mariam, Molara Wood, Kalaf Epalanga, Magdalene Abraha, Maaza Mengiste, Vittorio Longhi, Kagisi Lesego Molope, Hannah Azieb Pool, Sumia Jama, Amina Jama, Alycia Pirmohamed, Esther Le Roy, Aime Mpane , Jean Pierre Muller, Abigael H, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Veronique Clette-Gakuba, Lou Cocody-Valentino, Homam Daoud, Mohannad Bennana, Như Quỳnh de Prelle, Fatma Alomrani, Noemie Arazi, Aicha Boulbayem, Obiageli Okigbo, Julia Galaski, Ivo, Yves Kendall, Mauricio Ruiz,Astrid Haerens, Sofie Verraest, Alhadi Adam Agabeldour,, Desta Haile, Zelly Lisanework.