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September 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am - September 8, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

The Open Book Festival is brought to you by the Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre, the festival offers a world-class selection of book launches, panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses, readings, performances and much more. Venues for the festival event include the Fugard Theatre, District Six Homecoming Centre and The Book Lounge in Cape Town.

The Open Book Festival has established itself as one of South Africa’s most innovative and leading book festivals and it has been shortlisted twice for the London Book Fair Excellence Awards. The Open Book Festival strives to create a platform to celebrate South African writers, as well as hosting top international authors.

As always, there’s a diverse range of events to choose from at this event, with local and international authors talking about everything from politics, comics, gender and poetry to fun such as the popular Writer Sports and poetry and ice cream pairing.

The digital programme is available for download here:  https://openbookfestival.co.za/festival-programme/

Join The Book Lounge and The Fugard Theatre for the ninth Open Book Festival which takes place from 4 to 8 September this year and is attended by 10 000 visitors. With a record number of more than 150 events, this promises to be the best Festival yet.

A Festival day pass costs R150 and allows the holder to book for six events.

A Day pass on the 8th of September costs R100 to book for four events.

A Full Festival pass costs R600 and allows the holder to book for 30 events.

The Festival also hosts the popular Comics Fest, #cocreatePOETICA and various children’s and outreach programmes. Selected events will also take place outside the city center including Elsies River Library and Ottery Library.

Two of the international authors attending this year have been longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019 – Chigozie Obioma (An Orchestra of Minorities) and Oyinkan Braithwaite (My Sister the Serial Killer). The Festival welcomes back Nicole Dennis-Benn (Patsy) who was a crowd favourite in 2018. She is joined by amongst others Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black), Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties), Elisabeth Åsbrink (Made in Sweden) and Saidiya Hartman (Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments).

As always, there is a dazzling array of South African authors taking part, from Festival favourites to new faces. A handful of them include Rekgotsofetse Chikane  (Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation), Haji Mohamed Dawjee (Sorry, Not Sorry), Caryn Dolley (The Enforcer), Zimitri Erasmus (Race Otherwise), Ishay Govender-Ypma  (Curry: Stories and Recipes from Across South Africa), Kelly-Eve Koopman (Because I Couldn’t Kill You), Funeka Soldaat (Uhambo), Jonny Steinberg (One Day in Bethlehem), B Camminga (Beyond the Mountain) and Refiloe Moahloli (Yes Yanga!).

This year’s festival will launch the first #WritingmyCity anthology, a partnership between Open Book Festival, and the City of Cape Town and Cape Town public libraries to encourage people to submit their stories that speak to Cape Town in some way.


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September 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am
September 8, 2019 @ 9:00 pm


The Fugard Theatre
The Fugard Theatre, Corner of Caledon and Lower Buitenkant Street, District 6
+27(0)21 461-4554


The Fugard Theatre