Now in its 7th year, Ake Arts and Book Festival has brought over 400 artists, writers, poets, musicians, dancers and thinkers together in Abeokuta and now in Lagos State, Nigeria. The primary goals of the festival are to promote, develop and celebrate creativity on the African continent through a series of events, featuring writers, artists, poets, dancers, performers, critics and thinkers. These events include panel discussions, workshops, book-chats, plays, poetry events, concerts and performances. The festival also boasts a fantastic bookstore which stocks books primarily authored by Africans, and books about Africa. Described as the largest convergence of African creatives in the world, Ake Festival is organised by the Book Buzz Foundation.
The Auckland Writers Festival Waituhi o Tāmaki is Aotearoa New Zealand’s premier festival of books and ideas and one of the best attended in the world, comprising an annual six day, 200+ event programme each May in Auckland which attracts attendance of more than 80,000. 40+ international and 160+ writers appear are showcased each year in an event which ranges widely across genres and formats A not-for-profit charitable trust, the Festival raises two thirds of its revenue annually through grants, sponsorship, patronage and partnership, and delivers a mix of free and accessibly-priced programming, all delivered by a small full time staff of six.
In February 2016, in conjunction with Museum Siam, Bangkok, Narisa initiated and directed BangkokEdge, Bangkok’s first Ideas festival. The two-day, free festival was attended by 25,000 people. The second BangkokEdge was held in January 2018 and was also very successful. The third is imminent and will take place between 1-2 February. The festival (and its pop-up MiniEdges) has included international authors such as Jung Chang, Hyensoe Lee, Sudha Shah, Thant Mying-U, Emma Larkin, Christina Lamb, Victor Mallet, Peter Frankopan, Anna Fifield and Lawrence Osborne, as well as many Thai authors such as architect Duangrit Bunnag, historian Charnvit Kasetsiri and novelist Veeraporn Nithiprapha, to name but a few.
It has included topics such as urbanism, heritage conservation, climate change and the environment, popular culture, LGBTi, women’s rights, memoirs, history, geopolitics, graphic novels and poetry. In addition, the festival screens films and organises workshops on topics from creative writing, illustration, repurposing old clothes, Thai crafts and cookery. The festival also provides a platform for local NGOs and has craft shops and delicious food.
The Brooklyn Book Festival is New York City's largest literary festival and connects readers with local, national and international authors and publishers over the course of a celebratory literary week. The festival develops original programming, free of charge, or low cost and welcomes New York City’s cross-cultural book readers as well as national and international attendees. The festival is known for fostering creative dialogue among the authors, presenting new literary voices as well as established authors, and serving the literary community by providing a highly visible platform for the work of authors and publishers. The Brooklyn Book Festival was launched in 2006 as a one-day event to address the need for a free, major literary event that embraced the diverse constituencies of New York City. It has grown to include 8 days of city-wide Bookend events, a flagship Festival Day with 300 authors and a Literary Marketplace with 250 independent and major publishers, and a Children's Day that celebrates childhood reading. The Festival’s credo is "hip,smart and diverse". This year’s dates are September 28 - October 5.
Since 2012 Chipping Norton has held its Literary Festival each April, celebrating writing and reading in attractive venues at the heart of this charming Cotswold town. Everyone at ChipLitFest is a volunteer, from the venue ushers to the Festival Director. Almost 100 people work tirelessly throughout the year to deliver the programme of literary events.
ChipLitFest has earned its reputation as one of the friendliest and most innovative festivals, bringing a wide-ranging array of writers, poets, public figures and creative people to the town and drawing large and lively audiences from a wide area. In previous years we have welcomed Jim Al Kahlili, David Baddiel, Jo Brand, Candice Carty-Williams, Lee Child, Guy Gunaratne, Frank Gardner, Natalie Haynes, Armando Iannucci, Adam Kay, Prue Leith, Jenni Murray, David Nicholls, Robert Peston, Ian Rankin, Tony Robinson, Alan Rusbridger, SF Said, Lionel Shriver, Robin Stevens, Polly Toynbee, Kit de Waal, Terry Waite and Reggie Yates, among scores of others. Our innovative profit-sharing scheme benefits all participating authors equally.
FILBA FOUNDATION is an ONG dedicated to the promotion of literature in all its forms and among all kind of readers. Created in 2009, it has grown to become a key player in Latin America when it comes to fostering a wider circulation of books and creating new readers in the region.
Filba Foundation has developed the following activities:
Filba International: the flagship literary festival that has received over 100 international writers and provided conversations with around 1.000 local artists, serving an audience of more than 10.000 persons every year.
Filba National: the itinerating literary festival that is held in smaller cities in Argentina, with audiences of around 4.000 persons each.
Filbita: the literary festival specialized in children, families and mediators.
Filba Escuelas: a program developed specially for schools of poor neighborhoods, that aims to foster reading habits among both students and teachers.
Filba International is now preparing its 12th edition and has brought together outstanding international authors with the best writers of Latin America. We’ve had guests like the Nobel Prize Winner J.M. Coetzee, the Man Booker Prize Winner Eleanor Catton, Lorrie Moore, Jonathan Lethem, Claire Keegan, Irvine Welsh, Catherine Millet, Delphine de Vigan, Enrique Vila-Matas, Valeria Luiselli, Tobias Wolf, Philippe Claudel, Raul Zurita, M.J. Harrison, Jean Echenoz, Guadalupe Nettel, Cees Nooteboom, Minae Mizumura, and many more.
For five days, a huge number of debates, readings, workshops, concerts and performances bring contemporary literature very close to the most interested and demanding readers in the main venues of Buenos Aires (and sometimes also Montevideo and Santiago de Chile). The festival is widely covered by local and international press and has been labeled by an important Argentine writer as “the get-together that simply makes people happy”.
Every year since it has been created in 2003, Flip has offered a unique experience infused with literature. Always staged together with the town that hosts it, and more than an event, it is a cultural statement. On a temporary stage, at the center of gorgeous scenery, nestled between the sea and the Atlantic rainforest mountain chain, award-winning and young talented authors meet for sparkling conversation. Flip is nowadays one of South America's leading literary events.
Flip main program brings together national and international authors for literary debates about writing and creative process during live panels held in a 500-seat temporary theatre that enables the audience to almost join the action on stage. As it is bringing the best of contemporary literature, with the participation of renowned authors and still unpublished in the country, Flip attracts an audience of readers and culture consumers mainly from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, but not only.
Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas. The past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book-lovers from across India and the globe. Every year, the Festival brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.
Writers and Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, alongside producer Teamwork Arts, invite speakers to take part in the five-day programme set against the backdrop of Rajasthan’s stunning cultural heritage in the state capital Jaipur.
The spirit of the Festival now travels across continents with JLF editions in the UK, USA, Australia, Toronto and Doha.
A global culture hub that offers a real world literature festival experience online.
The NGC Bocas Lit Fest is the premier annual literary festival in the Caribbean. Its title sponsor is the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago. Founded in 2010, it is celebrating its 10th festival in May 2020. Normally five days long, in this special year the festival will run from 1-3 May for three days and, for the first time, will host a busy programme of literary events throughout 2020 at The Writers Centre, its home in the capital city of Port of Spain. It is also creating a celebratory series of UK events in partnership with UK festivals and universities during 2020. The Bocas Litis the NGO established to revitalize Caribbean literature and to advance writer and reader development in the entire region. It runs literary projects for children and young adults and also publishes an annual anthology of new adult Caribbean writing and an annual children’s storytelling book under its Fest is the NGO established to revitalize Caribbean literature and to advance writer and reader development in the entire region. It runs literary projects for children and young adults and also publishes an annual anthology of new adult Caribbean writing and an annual children’s storytelling book under its Peekash Press imprint. Since 2011, through its festival, creative writing workshops and range of prizes, the Bocas Lit Fest has nurtured a new generation of Caribbean writers and aided in bringing them and more established writers to wider attention on the international literary stage. www.bocaslitfest.com
Nine days of events in spring and a long weekend in the winter set in the home of the world's most famous writer and featuring best--selling authors, lively panel events, workshops and events for families. The Festival also has a wide outreach programme in schools, the community and prisons.
Sydney Writers’ Festival is one of the world’s leading and most beloved literary institutions. Each year, more than 400 writers take part in over 300 conversations, debates, performances and panel discussions to audiences of more than 80,000. Our programming speaks – urgently and clearly – to the world as it is today and showcases contemporary and diverse writers including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, this land’s first storytellers. Since 1997, we’ve celebrated prize-winning authors, long-awaited novels from writers at the height of their careers, and have introduced debut authors to eager and enthusiastic new audiences.
Reflecting the city to its residents, its literature to the nation,
and its creative ambition to the world
The Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) is Canada’s longest-running literary festival, a charitable, non-for-profit cultural organization. Since 1974, the 11-day Festival has presented the finest of Canadian and international writers, artists and thinkers across the range of literary genres, offering audiences access and empowerment to meet, hear and learn from the finest contemporary writers and thinkers of our time. Alongside the flagship Festival, TIFA partners with and delivers a range of literary highlights throughout the year with a programme of events, activities and mini-festivals including Toronto Lit Up, Lit On Tour, Forest of Reading Festival and Word On The Street. TIFA will celebrate the 41st edition of the Festival October 22 – November 1, 2020. mini-festivals including Toronto Lit Up, Lit On Tour, Forest of Reading Festival and Word On The Street. TIFA will celebrate the 41st edition of the Festival October 22 – November 1, 2020. FestivalofAuthors.ca
The Vancouver Writers Fest is one of North America’s preeminent literary festivals. We feature year-round programming for all ages, and an annual flagship Festival happening in the third week of October. The Vancouver Writers Fest blends events featuring emerging writers with literary superstars such as Margaret Atwood, Zaide Smith, Marlon James, Ian Rankin, Malcolm Gladwell and Ian McEwan. We connect people to exceptional books, ideas and dialogue that ignite a passion for words and the world around us.
It is an open stage, that encourages emerging young poets to participate in order to present their creative identity...
Young poets, aged 15 to 30 years old, talented, adventurous, with a dynamic language, a fresh look, everyone from his/her own starting point, have the opportunity to share their first journeys into poetry, with both the public and other internationally known poets from Cyprus and abroad.
Ideogramma is an encounter of writers and poets, from all over the world, who came together for four days of literature…
it encourages visits to museums and other cultural areas / venues for inspiration and creation, to sit in circles and share experiences and recent writings, to meet and interact with students, intermingle with the audience...
Read My World is a yearly international literature festival which aims to celebrate literature in the broadest sense of the word to include novelists, storytellers, poets, journalists, playwrights, spoken word artists, singer songwriters, academics, and bloggers from a region in the world. Every edition of the festival focuses on a new region.