The Finnish-African Literature Art Project (FALA) is an initiative of the Finnish-African Society, funded by the City of Helsinki.
Project duration: April 2021 – September 2021.
Funded by the City of Helsinki
The Objective of the Project
The project intends to create awareness and promote African literary works through a series of artistic works, authors’ interviews, and other activities to celebrate the journey of African Literature from the African continent to the Helsinki residents and beyond. (dubbed an Artistic Literature journey through Africa using Finnish lenses)
“Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.” Chinua Achebe
The FALA Project will showcase the strength achieved through diversity in Finland and the world. The activities outlined in the project aim to draw people of all generations and backgrounds, enhance integration, and promote inclusivity in the literary space. The activities introduce the Finnish – African connection through book reviews, Afrofinnish artists, author interviews, and audience submissions of their favourite African literature. This project is suitable for all ages, genders, and backgrounds. This project will also highlight and encourage the skills and talents of PLWD and special needs children.
The Project Activities
Inside the Authors’ Mind: The FALA Project will host live/virtual short interviews with AfroFinnish and African authors to discuss and share their journey and love for African literature, challenges, and their passion for writing. Federico Vivanco will host these interviews. Federico is a lecturer in literature at the University of Málaga (Spain), where he is currently doing his Ph.D. in African Literature.
The Bookshelf Review: You do not want to miss these mini book reviews on some of the fantastic African literature to stock up on your bookshelf.
Artist performance: This will showcase live/virtual music performances by musicians, poets in Finland and beyond.
Art for All: A particular focus on PLWD, artists with disabilities, and organizations working with PLWD highlight the talents, skills, contributions, and challenges in the literary and arts space.
Audiences Top African Books Reviews: We want to hear from you! This section is for you, African literature enthusiasts, to share your thoughts on the books you have read from various African authors. You can review up to 5 of your favourite books and share them with the rest of the world on this platform (video 3min or 1-page text); use the hashtag #falaproject #cityofhelsinki #suomiafrikka.
Please send your reviews to email@example.com. Submissions can be in either Finnish or English language. These books can include children’s books and general African books that took you on a journey through Africa.
For more information on partnerships, collaborations, or general information on the project contact our Project coordinator, Antoinette Wambui at firstname.lastname@example.org with the headline Finnish-African Literature Project or call +358465828608