Join the Book Lounge & the Fugard Theatre
Open Book Festival
Cape Town, South Africa
5 – 9 September 2018
Open Book Festival at The Fugard Theatre is an annual literary festival in Cape Town, South Africa, the first of which happened in 2011.
This year Open Book takes place on 5th to 9th September. The hubs will once again be the Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre and much-loved indie bookshop, The Book Lounge in Cape Town.
When Mervyn Sloman and Ben Williams started talking about creating a festival, they had in mind around 60 literary events over 5 days featuring about 15 top international as well as some of the best South Africans writing today. Due to the incredible support Open Book received, that quickly grew into a festival that now includes over 100 events, featuring over 100 authors.
There are four major elements to the Open Book vision:
(1) A truly international festival that attracts top writers and an audience from around the world.
(2) A fantastic showcase of the best of South African writing.
(3) Making a significant and sustainable contribution to our future by building a love of reading and books among the youth of Cape Town.
(4) Drawing representative audiences to all Open Book events.
The planned events at this year’s festival speak to all four goals. The Open Book Festival programme is live and downloadable in PDF on the website: here!
The core programme of the festival includes events that feature both international and local authors and through #CocreatePoetica and the Open Book Comics Fest the festival absorbs some of the most talented poets and comic book artists today.
A collaboration between #cocreateSA and Poetica! Join for workshops, discussions, readings and performances!
The aim of the collaboration between #cocreateSA and Poetica is to use the art form of RAP, poetry and spoken word to co-create solutions to mutual challenges by providing a platform that voices the concerns of the youth by the youth.
The dates for Comics Fest 2018 are the 8th and 9th September.
Find these two events at the Comics Fest:
Borders of the Future
Chiké Frankie Edozien, Ijangolet Ogwang and Zukiswa Wanner explore Pan Africanism in the company of Efemia Chela.
09 September, 12pm
Buy your ticket!
Kelly Dillon, Sally Partridge and Ree Treweek speak about the importance of getting the world right! Chaired by Dianne Makings.
09 September, 10am
Homecoming Centre Gallery
Buy your ticket for Worldbuilding event!
Find many more great talks/ discussions on the programme and find out more about authors and participants here
As an offshoot of Open Book there are organised events in selected schools and public libraries and long term projects inspired by the vision have been started.
Open Book has developed a number of partnerships to ensure the festival is of the highest standard. Please visit the Sponsers and Partners page on the Open Book website for more information.
You need a ticket for the Festival! Book tickets through webtickets. Or, you can book directly from the box office at the Book Lounge, please give Mervyn a call on 021 462 2425.
For more information please visit the webpage, or get in touch with Frankie Murrey, Open Book Festival Co-ordinator
Open Book Festival is organised in partnership with The Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum, The A4 Arts Foundation, The Townhouse Hotel, Novus Holdings, The French Institute of South Africa, The Canada Council for the Arts,The Embassy of Sweden, The Embassy of Argentina and the Dutch Foundation for Literature and sponsored by Leopard’s Leap, #CocreateSA, Open Society Foundation, City of Cape Town, Pan Macmillan, NB Publishers, Jonathan Ball, Penguin Random House, African Centre for Cities, UCT Creative Writing Department, University of the Western Cape, University of Stellenbosch English Department, Spatial Justice in the Postcolony and the Other Foundation