August 28, 2013
Open Book Festival Breaks Longest Book Chain World Record in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
2586 books, 1 Guinness Book World Record and global recognition … that’s what was at stake when the Central Library, Cape Town in connection with Open Book Festival, attempted to topple thousands of book in domino effect on Tuesday 27 August, 2013.
In a ‘best-selling’ event worthy of attendance by local TV news channels and publications, Open Book broke Seattle’s previous record of 2 131 books by a ‘page-turning’ 455. The record is currently pending submission and official approval by Guinness World Records in London.
The record attempt was a precursor to the upcoming Open Book Festival, a popular annual event held to promote literary awareness in The Fringe district of the Mother City, with the dramatic Fugard Theatre as its central hub. This year’s event, which features a thrilling programme of book launches, discussions, readings and more, will be held from 7 to 11 September, 2013.
As an avid bookworm myself, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to see literary history being made in #LoveCapeTown and after a few false starts (when one book falls out of time and line, there’s just no stopping it!), the books all toppled down, spelling the words Open Book and Central Library and ending with a romantic heart flourish … quite appropriate for one of #LoveCapeTown ‘s top cultural events.
The Central Library and Open Book Festival team had been hard at work, setting up the chain of books and doing dry runs from Monday and they were jubilant about their success.
“ I am over the moon! This is what you can achieve when people get together. This has truly been a collaborative effort between Central Library and the Open Book Festival. You guys rock!”, said Central Library’s Chief librarian, Sharon Brijmohun, after the event.
Watch our clip of the record-breaking book chain topple below:
The Open Book Festival will be held in Cape Town from Saturday 7 to Wednesday 11 September, 2013. For more information, please visit www.openbookfestival.co.za
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