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Open Book Festival programme goes live!

Join the Book Lounge
& the Fugard Theatre

5 – 9 September 2018

The Open Book Festival programme is live on our website! This is always one of the highlights of the year for us, so please do visit the site and check the events we have planned.

As in the past, you’ll need a ticket to access all events (even the free ones) unless otherwise stated. You can book your place through webtickets. If you would rather book directly from the box office at the Book Lounge, please give Mervyn a call on 021 462 2425.

If you are planning to spend those five days going to as many events as possible, it may be worth purchasing either a day pass (R150) or a festival pass (R600). Both are available through webtickets. Please note that the passes allow you to book for almost all events, but free events and the various suppers we have planned are not available through the pass options.

There is a downloadable PDF available on our website.Our printed programme will be available in mid-August from the Book Lounge and various other locations including the Fugard Theatre, the District 6 Homecoming Centre and libraries.

Please also watch our site to keep abreast of any changes to the programme – the nature of running something like this is that you can trust that there will be changes! We will make those to our site, but these will not reflect on the printed programme.

And finally, if you have not yet entered the annual Leopard’s Leap label competition, be sure to do so before the competition closes (midnight on the 5th August)!

If you would like any additional information about the festival, please get in touch with Frankie.

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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 thr Postcolony and the Other Foundation

9 responses to “Open Book Festival programme goes live!”

  1. Pene F Rink says:

    Thank so much Mervyn for holding the Open Book Festival every year, & organizing such a diverse & intellectually stimulating programme. I am so looking forward to it. It is certainly a hghlight in our Cape Town calendar.

  2. Do you have exhibition space for my imprint Footprint Press to display my stock list of SA non-fiction historical books?

  3. Nancy Fierstien says:

    Is there an anthology produced in conjunction with this festival? I might be interested in obtaining some copies, if so, and need to know how to go about doing just that. I live too far away to show up in person. If you know of any other festivals in South Africa that are able to help me out, I’d appreciate hearing about them too. Thank you very much!

    • Frankie says:

      Unfortunately we don’t produce an anthology. I’m not sure if any do, but depending on where you are it is certainly worth looking at SABF and Abantu.

  4. tshepo masoeu says:

    Thank lots lots Mervyn and the Book Lounge Team for holding the Open Book Festival every year. Its always rich, diverse, serious, black, light, fun, creative, white, spiritual, stimulating, inspiring, cultured, beautiful and challenging. All events are always well organized. Its always my highlight for the year. Keep at it.

  5. I will be joining the open book Festival for the first time .

  6. KHETHA says:

    I would like you to help me with my newly published book for The Fundamentals of Learning.
    Thank you

  7. This is great. I plan to attend and witness the great South African writing experience.

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