The second annual Eastern Cape Book Festival will take place in Port Elizabeth in August this year.
The two-day festival is a platform for writers from the Eastern Cape to showcase their work and network with authors from around the country, and aims to revitalise a love of literature through book readings, exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, music and dance.
Last year’s festival was attended by authors such as Harry Owen, the inaugural Poet Laureate for Cheshire, UK, who emigrated to South Africa in 2008; Robin Jackson, author of Losing the Faith; and poets Brian Walter and Gontse wa Chaane.
The official programme will be announced soon.
- Dates: Thursday, 27 August to Friday, 28 August 2015
- Venue: Port Elizabeth Athenaeum
7 Belmont Terrace
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- More information: EC Book Fest Facebook Page
The Second, Annual Eastern Cape Book Festival
The Eastern Cape Book Festival will set up camp again this year to present literature lovers from all over with a fun, thought-provoking and diverse platform.
Only in its second year, the EC Book Festival team have already created a substantial following of book fanatics, authors, poets, publishers and performers, and have gained the interest and enthusiasm of the local community.
The initiative was started by a collective of arts activists from the Nelson Mandela Bay, with the objective of creating a platform for writers from the Eastern Cape to showcase their work as well as set the wheel in motion for revitalising the love for literature amongst youngsters around the country. Not only is the event an opportunity for authors and poets to come together and share and express, but the organisation itself also aims to establish open dialogues between publishers, literature veterans and other prominent figures in the arts circle with budding writers. The Eastern Cape Book Festival provides the perfect chance to network, acquire information and get involved in community development.
Last year, the festival was attended and supported by the likes of authors such as Harry Owen, Robin Jackson, Brian Walter and Gontse Wa Chaane. Supported by the Nelson Mandela Metro University, National Arts Council, National Literary Museum, Nal’ibali, Assitej SA and many other educational and developmental organisations, the festival kicked off on an exciting note and promises to grow to be one of the country’s big calendar events.
This year, the festival will take place on the 27th and 28th of August 2015 at the Athenaeum Theatre in Central, Port Elizabeth. The two-day event will exhibit local writers from around the Eastern Cape as well as special guest speakers and performing artists. There will be a craft market, live performances, story time for school kids, a poetry session, book launches and many more activities to entertain, educate and intrigue visitors.
The official programme will be announced soon. For more information, contact the festival director, Madoda Ndlakuse or festival liason, Flow.
Madoda Ndlakuse – 083 926 5486 / email@example.com
Flow – 073 652 0275 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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