Lovers of the written word are in for a treat in the new week, with the sixth edition of the Open Book Festival set to take place from Wednesday to Sunday, September 7 to 11. As always, the majority of events will be taking place in The Fugard Theatre, District Six Homecoming Centre and The Book Lounge in Cape Town.
The Festival presents more than one hundred events including panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses, readings, performances and more, designed to inspire, stimulate and entertain audiences.
“We look forward to a fantastic five days of interesting and entertaining events,” says Festival Director Mervyn Sloman. “We put an enormous amount of thought into curating the programme, but it is the immense generosity of the participating writers from South Africa and around the world and the engagement of audiences that makes the festival special. Events range from serious discussions about the state of the nation (with a particular focus on tertiary institutions), highlighting the generational divide in SA politics and looking at the future of journalism through to more light hearted events designed to entertain (including our ever popular Writersports).
There are several events happening outside of the CBD in 2016 which have fed out of collaborations with new partners.
Be sure to take note of ‘On the Bus’ (Elsie’s River Library), ‘Women and Urban Space’ (MoholoLivehouse) and Sigh the Beloved Country(Kwa Sec).
Now more than a half decade in, the Open Book Festival has established itself as one of South Africa’s leading book festivals. The organisers have expressed a commitment to creating a platform to celebrate South African writers, as well as hosting top international authors.
Elements of the Festival programme include talks by international authors and South African writers; poetry; a comics marketplace; panel discussions; book launches; outreach reading initiatives; youth programmes and writer sports.
The Festival has already been recognised internationally, having been shortlisted for the London Book Fair Excellence Awards in the category of Literary Festivals. In 2015, Open Book hosted nearly 10000 visitors at the 123 events, with more than 150 participants.
Most events on the programme are R45. Day Passes (which provide access to six events per day) are R150 and Festival Passes (five Day Passes) are R600. There are also a number of free events, but tickets must still be booked for these events to secure a place. Bookings can be done by visiting www.webtickets.co.za.
To see the full programme, visit www.openbookfestival.co.za, and visit the individual author pages on the website for a list of the events in which they are participating.