Open Book & the Power of Poetry

The Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre invite you to Open Book Festival
6 – 10 September 2017
#cocreatePOETICA – all you need to know!


We are delighted to be collaborating with #cocreateSA on the 2017 edition of #cocreatePOETICA.
The festival is packed full of poetry events that range from workshops to discussions to performances!

The Slam is a highlight each year and we are currently in the process of identifying who is going to be competing for the Cape Town Slam Champ title through 3 PRELIM Slams. The first took place earlier this month and was a huge success (more here)! Be sure not to miss the next 2 PRELIMS or the Final on Saturday the 9th September.

slam poster

Thanks to InZync Poetry for working with us to make the Slam series a reality!

InZync is curating 2 other events on the programme, the first of which is the always popular ‘INKredibles: Young Voices in Performance’. The second is of course the annual InZync Session, this year titled ‘Embracing Space’. They have performed to sold out venues in the past 2 years, so book your tickets to avoid disappointment!

Key to #cocreatePOETICA are the Dutch performers who will be joining us. Akwasi, Dean Bowen and Sjaan Flikweert will all be involved in events throughout the festival. A large part of that involvement is a 3 day set of journeys that we have planned with them and some of the most exciting local poets. Space, language and identity are the themes that will be explored and we expect the results of this collaboration to be exciting. They will be discussing the process and reading some of their work at ‘Journeys with Poetry’ on Saturday the 9th September.

Other highlights of the #cocreatePOETICA programme include Grounding Sessions curated by the always wonderful Roche Kester and we are incredibly excited that we are for the first time hosting Lingua Franca who will be presenting the Naked Word Session.

To view the programme on our website, click here.
Please be aware that changes to the programme are often unavoidable so if you are using the downloadable programme, be sure to double check the events on our website before booking.

Tickets can be booked through Webtickets, and unless otherwise stipulated, you will need to book for free events as well.
In addition to single tickets, you can also purchase day passes and festival passes through the Webtickets portal.
For any other ticket queries, please mail

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

Open Book is organised in partnership with The Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum, The A4 Arts Foundation, The Townhouse Hotel,  The French Institute, The Canada Council for the Arts, NORLA, Goethe-Institut, The Embassy of Finland, The Embassy of Sweden, The Dutch Foundation for Literature, PEN SA, PLAAS, The Caine Prize, Confucius Institute, UCT Creative Writing Department and Central Library and sponsored by Leopards Leap, The Kingdom of the Netherlands Consulate General, The City of Cape Town, Open Society Foundation, Snapplify, Pan Macmillan, NB Publishers, Jonathan Ball, Penguin Random House, PH Centre, African Centre for Cities and the Western Cape Government.