Open Book 2016 – Additional events and changes

The Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre invite you to Open Book Festival
7 – 11 September 2016

As always, the moment we send out the finalised programme to get printed, several changes happen!
Please note these are up on our website and we will be sending updates, but we aren’t able to make changes to the printed version, so in some cases, details have changed. Please see them all here.

We have good news and bad news as the countdown to Open Book hots up.
We’re delighted to announce two additions to the programme:

(1)    Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan will join us for Open Book this year and we’re equally delighted that Justice Malala will be interviewing the Minister – Thursday 8th Sept, 10.00 to 11.00, Fugard Theatre
Book tickets here.

(2)    We’re also excited to announce that American culture and music writer Greg Tate is another last minute addition to the programme. Greg is a writer, musician and producer and the focus of his writing is on African-American music and culture. He is a founding member of the Black Rock Coalition and the leader of Burnt Sugar.
Greg’s event at Open Book is Afropunks: Bongani Madondo and Greg Tate speak to Ntone Edjabe (Chimurenga) about writing black culture.
Friday 9th Sept, 12.00 to 13.00, Fugard Annexe 2
Book tickets here.

Special offer for these two events for this weekend only: For every ticket bought for each of the above two events between today and Sunday (21 Aug), we’ll give you a free ticket to any other event on the programme (excluding the Author at Every Table Charity Supper and workshops). To get your free tickets, email once you’ve purchased tickets to either of the events above and clearly state which free tickets you require.

The bad news is that Jostein Gaarder (medical reasons) and Fred Khumalo (work related) have had to cancel their appearances at Open Book this year.

All tickets bought for Life and Times of Jostein Gaarder will be automatically refunded by Webtickets.

Also, please note we have added a second ticket type to ‘Sigh the Beloved Country‘ (featuring Bongani Madondo, Sindiwe Magona and Bongani Kona) at Guga S’thebe in Langa on Sunday 11th Sept. The cost of this ticket is R80 and includes entrance into the event and transport to the venue and back. Transport will leave the Book Lounge at 13.30.
Alternatively, you can just buy a normal ticket to the event and make your own way there – secure parking is available at the venue.
To book either of these ticket types, please click here.

Download the programme here or collect your printed copy at the Book Lounge.

Please send all ticket enquiries to

Tickets for events are available through Webtickets.
Please note that you need to book your tickets, even if the event is free (exceptions are events happening on the 10th and 11th of September on the Comics Fest Marketplace Floor).

Day passes  (R150) and festival passes (R600) are available through webtickets and allow you to attend 6 events per day.

If you would like further details about the festival or events, please contact Frankie (

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Open Book is organised in partnership with The Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum, The Townhouse Hotel,  The French Institute, The Canada Council for the Arts, NORLA, Goethe-Institut, The Embassy of Denmark, The Embassy of Finland, The Dutch Foundation for Literature, The Publishers Association of New Zealand, The US Consulate, Caine Prize and Central Library and sponsored by Leopards Leap, The Kingdom of the Netherlands Consulate General, The City of Cape Town, Open Society Foundation, Pan Macmillan, NB Publishers, Jonathan Ball, Penguin Random House, the Western Cape Government, Times Media Films, CCIBA and UCT Creative Writing Department.