The Open Book Festival returns for its annual celebrations of all things literary and will be hosted from 5 – 9 September 2018.

The three-day event focuses on promoting reading and writing in the city as it hosts over 100 local and international authors, sells an array of books for bibliophile’s, promotes South African writers and encourages a love of reading among members of the youth.

Over 100 events are planned for the festival and renowned authors such as Judith February, Guy Delisle, Jonas Bonnier, Pumla Gqola and more will provide insight into their books and educate writers on how to hone their skills.

Featured events of the festival include the Comic fest and the ConcreatePoetica, where talented comic book artists and poets will showcase their work.

The Comic Fest will host talented artists such as Ben Winfield, Allison Brennan, Danelle Malan and more.

The ConcreatePoetica will host skilled poets such as Afeefa Omar, Anele Kose, Megan Ross, Toni Stuart and more who will perform live recitals of their work.

Other events include workshops, dinners, panel discussions, book sales and more.

The festival will be hosted at three locations across Cape Town, the Fugard Theatre, the District Six Museum homecoming Centre and the Book Lounge.


Ticket pricing:

All tickets can be purchased at Webtickets.

R150 Day Pass – with six events a day

R600 Full Festival Pass – access to all events over the five day festival

There are some events that are free of charge but it is recommended to obtain tickets for all events. Event tickets can range from R45 – R150.


Here are some events scheduled for the festival – 

1.Possibilities of Print 

A range of authors and writers discuss the possibilities of working with print at the District Six Homecoming Centre. Tickets cost R45 for the panel discussion event.

Date: 5 September 2018

Time: 10am – 11am


2. Origami for Africa 

Learn the art of the paper folding techniques to create delicate works of art from Kyoko Kimura Morgan. Tickets are not required for this event as it is free of charge.

Date: 5 September 2018

Time: 2pm – 3pm


3. Leopards Leap #Words4Wine 

Trade in a preloved or new book for a glass of Leopard Leap wine at the Homecoming Centre stadium.

Date: 5 September 2018

Time: 5pm -7pm


4. Draw your own superhero

Create your own animated superhero with the Head of animation from the SAE insitute, Robert Millan. Tickets are not required for this event and it is free of charge.

Date: 6 September 2018

Time: 2pm – 4pm


5. Illustrated life 

A master class on the art of storytelling and bringing words to life, will be held and conducted by author Guy Delisle. Tickets are not required for this workshop and entrance is free.

Date: 6 September 2018

Time: 4pm-6pm


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