Open Book Festival: Comics Fest 2017
Open Book Festival: Comics Fest 2017
The Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre‘s Open Book Festival. 6 – 10 September 2017. One can enjoy and purchase the work of more than 20 South African artists at the Comics Fest Marketplace.

About the Open Book Festival:

“Open Book is organised in partnership with The Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum, The A4 Arts Foundation, The Townhouse Hotel,  The French Institute, The Canada Council for the Arts, NORLA, Goethe-Institut, The Embassy of Finland, The Embassy of Sweden, The Dutch Foundation for Literature, PEN SA, PLAAS, The Caine Prize, Confucius Institute, UCT Creative Writing Department and Central Library and sponsored by Leopards Leap, The Kingdom of the Netherlands Consulate General, The City of Cape Town, Open Society Foundation, Snapplify, Pan Macmillan, NB Publishers, Jonathan Ball, Penguin Random House, PH Centre, African Centre for Cities and the Western Cape Government.

When Mervyn Sloman and Ben Williams started talking about creating a festival, they had in mind around 60 literary events over 5 days featuring about 15 top international as well as some of the best South Africans writing today. Due to the incredible support Open Book received, that quickly grew into a festival that now includes over 100 events, featuring over 100 authors. 

Between 2011 and 2019, the Festival welcomed hundreds of writers and audience members to be part of meaningful conversations exploring some of the challenges we face as global citizens. 

The pandemic saw Open Book shift its focus from face-to-face events to a podcast series, allowing the conversations we curate to continue. There’s nothing like gathering though, and we were delighted to welcome people back to brick and mortar spaces in 2022. 

While Open Book has changed how it engages over the course of the year, the vision of the Festival has not. We remain committed to curating events that continue to resonate long after you have left the venue.

There are four major elements to the Open Book vision.

(1) A festival that attracts top writers and audiences.

(2) A fantastic showcase of the best of South African writing.

(3) Making a significant and sustainable contribution to our future by building a love of reading and books among the youth of Cape Town.

(4) Drawing representative audiences to all Open Book events.

Open Book has developed a number of partnerships to ensure the Festival is of the highest standard. The partners we work with play a significant role in the ongoing success of the festival in a number of ways, from bringing authors to the festival on our behalf through to extending our reach into different communities. For a complete list of our partners, please visit our sponsorship page.”

-Open Book 

My illustrations are influenced by the improvised sound of the ensemble in that they can be unplanned and meditative in their process. I explore how mediums interact with each other with relevance to various themes. My work honours an alignment to nature (which I consider to be truth), questions accepted ideas of progress and has a respect for animals as I believe they know more than we ever could.

Open Book Festival: Comics Fest 2017
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