The Franschhoek Literary Festival is back this month from 19 to 21 May 2023 and is set to celebrate some of South Africa’s most prominent literary figures. Here’s what you need to know about this popular book event.
Running annually on the third weekend of May each year, the Franschhoek Literary Festival is set to make a return yet again. As we all know, the events of the last two to three years put most in-person events on hold. Now, the storytelling event is set to be bigger and better than before with over 100 authors on the bill.
According to the official event organisers, the festival will run for three days featuring a content-rich programme packed with informal discussions, lively debates, insightful conversations and inspired talks. Eager festival-goers can look forward to seeing thought leaders like Ferial Hafagee, Joanne Joseph and Lester Kiewet on the bill. Be sure to add the talks featuring esteemed authors like Antjie Krog, and Jonny Steinberg. The festival intends on bringing together a cross-section of South African and international authors. No matter what your interests are, there is an event or discussion for you. The musically inclined can look forward to evening performances, featuring some of South Africa's finest musicians.
‘The programme captures the times that we are in,’ says Elitha van der Sandt, Franschhoek Literary Festival Director. ‘It digs into the dark corners as strife and upheaval
creatively found its way onto the pages. There is something to stimulate the intellectual curiosity of all book lovers, from traumatic and painful stories to ones that are
light-hearted and fun.’
Tickets are available via the official site and range from R100 to R450, depending on the event chosen. For more information visit www.flf.co.za
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