The annual Franschhoek Literary Festival is one of the highlights of the literary scene in Cape Town. Every year, people travel to the beautiful Franschhoek Valley to attend discussions, debates, talks, and workshops, and to get their hands on the hottest new South African literature.

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The festival takes place on the third weekend of May annually, preceded by Book Week for Young Readers. The 2018 Franschhoek Lit Fest takes place between Friday, 18 May and Sunday, 20 May.

The venues

The events take place in various venues around the Franschhoek Village, all within walking distance of one another.

What’s on

Every year the programme is jam-packed with fascinating talks, lectures, and workshops. There are over 130 events associated with the festival. Themes range from social and political issues and economics to conservation, and everything in between. Take a look at the full programme for 2018 here.

The Authors

Lit Fest hosts authors across all genres, including some of South Africa’s biggest names as well as the brightest rising stars of the literary world. Some of the authors attending this year’s event include Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Lauren Beukes, Jacques Pauw, Zapiro, Deon Meyer, Ronnie Kasrils, Gordon Forbes, Jen Thorpe to name just a few.

For the full list of authors attending the 2018 event, click here.

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The FLF Library Fund

When the FLF was first held, it was with the objective of encouraging a culture of reading in the Franschhoek valley and raising funds for a new community library and local school libraries.

With the event’s success, around R1.5 million has been spent on training communities,s well as stocking, staffing, and running operations at these libraries. The project has put over 5,000 books into the primary schools. You can attend this event knowing that you’re contributing to one of the most valuable and important social needs.

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Get tickets

Tickets are available through Webtickets.

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