Poetry festival to hold in Calabar

A file photo from PIN’s previous Calabar festival
A file photo from PIN’s previous Calabar festival

Poets in Nigeria (PIN) is set to hold the fourth edition of Festival Poetry Calabar 2018, themed ‘The Problem with Silence: Poets in Crises Period’.

The 3-day event will host poets, writers, artists, literary critics, social commentators and lovers of literature from different parts of the country.


All activities of the festival including poetry readings and performances, music, drama, cultural dance, poetry workshop, book chats, art exhibitions and panel discussions will take place at James Ene Henshaw Foundation situated at 4, Murtala Muhammed Highway, Calabar.


This year, the event will examine the roles of poets in periods of crisis via two rounds of panel discussions featuring poets, writers, literary administrators, journalists and social advocates such as Odoh Diego Okeyodo, Chuma Nwokolo, Jonathan Abang Ugbal, Hope Obetan, Joseph Okorn, Kalejaye Folajimi and others.


Also, a keynote address exploring the theme of the festival will be delivered by Prof. Joe Ushie from the University of Uyo, while the book chats will focus on the works of Agbor Enya (‘Lines from the Scroll’), Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom (‘Punctured Silence’) and Awodiya Funke (‘The Farmer’s Daughter’).

The President of PIN, Mr. Eriata Oribhabor has promised that the poetry festival will be a medium through which solutions will be proffered to some of the problems plaguing the country.  “We took our time assigning a theme to the festival because we do not want FPC to be just another literary gathering, with no visible impact on the society. We have carefully designed this edition of the festival to be a fusion of cerebral and entertaining activities geared towards making the society better,” he said.

Mr. Oribhabor mentioned ‘Sight and Sounds of Calabar’ as one of the key activities of the festival that will expose the participants to both fun and learning. “On the third day of the festival, we will be visiting symbolic places such as Old Residency Museum, Oldest Music recording studio in West Africa and Aqua Vista. “If we do not learn from history, it will be difficult to have a grasp of the present,” he added.


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