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A Full Line-Up at the Open Book Festival 2016

The sixth Open Book Festival (7 to 11 September) in Cape Town

Brought to you by the Book Lounge and The Fugard Theatre, the Open Book Festival presents more than one hundred events. This includes panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses, readings, performances and more, designed to inspire, stimulate and entertain audiences.

As always, the majority of events take place in The Fugard Theatre, District Six Homecoming Centre and The Book Lounge in Cape Town.

“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. However, it is the immense generosity of the participating writers and audiences from South Africa and round the world 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, including On the Bus (Elsie’s River Library), Women and Urban Space (MoholoLivehouse) and Sigh the Beloved Country (Kwa Sec).”

Programme Announced for Open Book Festival 2016
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor. Image courtesy of Open Book Festival.

Check out the full programme at and visit the individual author pages on the website for a list of the events in which they are participating.

As in previous years, Open Book 2016 includes Poetica (a dedicated programme of poetry and spoken word events), Comics Fest (including the bigger and better weekend Marketplace) and KidZone.


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