The Doek Literary Festival is hosted every two years in Namibia; it celebrates Namibian literature alongside literary artists from Africa and the African diaspora. The festival seeks to nurture and grow the country’s reading and writing culture while providing a creative and immersive space for encountering the works of Namibian and African writers, poets, and visual artists. It also provides unique learning and creative exchange opportunities through workshops, readings, and performances.
Each edition of the festival focuses on a particular field of literary creation that is published in Doek! Literary Magazine: fiction, nonfiction, visual arts, or poetry.
In 2022, the festival’s focus was fiction in the novel and short form.
Doek partnered with the University of East Anglia’s International Chair of Creative Writing to plan, organise, and host the inaugural edition of the Doek Literary Festival.
THE UNIVERSITY OF EAST EAST ANGLIA’S
INTERNATIONAL CHAIR OF CREATIVE WRITING
Created by the University of East Anglia (UEA), the International Chair of Creative Writing (ICCW) offers five prominent writers, over five years, in five global regions, a year-long remit to help find, nurture, and promote new and emerging writers. In 2022, the ICCW embarked on its Africa year with its inaugural chair Tsitsi Dangarembga, the Zimbabwean playwright, filmmaker, and critically-acclaimed author of Nervous Conditions, The Book Of Not, and This Mournable Body.
Tsitsi Dangarembga, the inaugural chair of the International Chair of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.
The inaugural edition of the 2022 Doek Literary Festival was made possible by the generous support of the University of East Anglia’s International Chair of Creative Writing Program and its current chair through the provision of funding, conceptualisation resources, planning capacity, and organisational support. Through this partnership with the UEA’s ICCW, the festival’s organisers, Doek, were able to host a literary festival with an international aspect by permitting local readers and writers to encounter and interact with some of the most influential personalities in African literature. By facilitating this encounter at the Doek Literary Festival, the ICCW provided a valuable platform for skills transfer within the literary arts that will enrich the Windhoek and Namibian literary scene for many years to come.
2022 DESIGN PARTNER: TURIPAMWE
Each edition of the Doek Literary Festival is led by a design partner that creates the experiential aspects of the festival. Guided by its core values—especially transformation and social justice—Doek chooses a design partner with a proven track record of working with or promoting the arts in Namibia.
The 2022 Design Partner was Turipamwe, an award-winning, female-led design and communication agency based in Windhoek, Namibia.
2022 VENUE PARTNER: GOETHE-INSTITUT NAMIBIA
The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution. It is active world-wide and has played a prominent role in Windhoek and Namibia’s cultural scene by promoting cultural, literary, visual art, and musical projects. The Goethe-Institut Namibia’s location in Windhoek’s city centre—with easy access to accommodation facilities, supporting services, and other cultural institutions—and extensive media networks made it a preferential venue and organisation partner for the 2022 Doek Literary Festival.