WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR THE NEXT ABANTU BOOK FESTIVAL?
- 2019 dates: 5-8 December 2019.
- 2020 provisional dates: 3-6 Dec 2020
WHERE DOES THE FESTIVAL TAKE PLACE?
HOW DO I GET TO SOWETO?
If you are using public transport from Johannesburg CBD, take a taxi at Bree Taxi Rank going to Mofolo Park; in the taxi ask for Tshabalala Street or Sakkies.
WHERE IS A GOOD PLACE TO STAY?
- Soweto Hotel
- Nthateng’s Bed & Breakfast (6991 Inhlwathi Street, Orlando West)
- Lebo’s Backpackers (10823A Pooe St, Orlando West)
- Ekuthuleni Guest House
IS THE FESTIVAL REALLY FREE?
Entry to the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre is free, and all our daytime events – including readings, panel discussions, film screenings, performances and children’s events – are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come basis and everyone is welcome! There is one exception: tickets for the night sessions at the Soweto Theatre cost R20.00. For tickets, see Soweto Theatre.
WHAT IS THE MAIN PROGRAM?
Spanning 40 sessions, the program is held across two venues: Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Mofolo, and Soweto Theatre in Jabulani, which are all within walking distance. It comprises the annual keynote speech, in-conversations, panel discussions, book launches, debates, screenings, plays, and the kiddie’s zone.
WHERE CAN I PICK UP A PROGRAM BOOK?
The program book is available at the festival venues, and at select cafes and venues around Soweto.
WHO IS APPEARING AT THE FESTIVAL?
Stay tuned to our website and to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for info about our speakers.
WHERE CAN I BUY BOOKS BY FEATURED SPEAKERS?
Books by festival speakers will be on sale during the festival at the Abantu Bookstore, located at festival venues.
DO YOU NEED VOLUNTEERS?
We are not looking for volunteers at this stage.
I AM A WRITER. CAN I PRESENT MY WORK AT THE FESTIVAL?
Invitations are issued at the discretion of the Director, well in advance of the Festival dates. The Festival receives hundreds of unsolicited submissions and while we welcome these suggestions, due to the large volume of unsolicited submissions received, Abantu Book Festival is unable to respond to every submission or return materials sent for consideration. We also review nominations from publishers and our partners to determine the most exciting voices to showcase each year. We follow up on submissions that fit with our programme plans and themes. If you’re interested in participating at Abantu Book Festival, send us an email ([email protected]) with an author bio, book synopsis and any critical reviews/ endorsements for consideration.
I AM A WRITER. CAN I PRESENT MY WORK TO PUBLISHERS DURING ABANTU BOOK FESTIVAL?
While publishers do attend Abantu Book Festival, the Festival is not the appropriate avenue to present your book to publishers. Publishers who are attending are either audience members or involved in specific events discussing books and authors who are already published. We recommend that you approach publishers through the usual channels, either by submitting your manuscript directly or by engaging a literary agent.
CAN YOU PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH AN AUTHOR ON THE PROGRAM?
For privacy reasons, we are not able to pass on contact details or messages. The best way to contact our guest authors is through their publisher or agent.
CAN I PARTICIPATE AS AN EXHIBITOR OR BOOKSELLER AT THE FESTIVAL?
Because space in our Mofolo venue is limited, we can only accommodate a few vendors and exhibitors. There is a small rental fee for booths, and space is assigned on a first come, first served basis. If you’re interested, contact us at [email protected].
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO IN SOWETO?
The are many tourist attractions to visit e.g. Vilakazi Street, Orlando Towers, Credo Mutwa Cultural Centre, Hector Peterson Museum.
Nightlife attractions e.g. Moja Cafe, Zone 6, Icon, PDL and Immink Drive.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE DURING THE FESTIVAL SEASON?
The weather is usually sunny and pleasant during the festival, however sometimes there are afternoon thunderstorms so it is advisable to have an umbrella or raincoat on your person.