The FLF brings together a broad cross-section of mostly South African writers and a few popular international authors.
Welcome to the Franschhoek Literary Festival (FLF)!
The FLF is a non-profit organisation originally established in 2007 by a group of literary enthusiasts and volunteers. After 13 years the Festival had to be cancelled in 2020 due to Covid and lack of funding.
In 2021 a new Board was formed by donors and volunteers to revive the beloved FLF, with the key objectives of:
Bringing together a cross-section of South African and international authors;
Inspiring, delighting, informing and challenging audiences;
Raising funds for local community and school libraries and training and placing assistant school librarians through the FLF Library Fund;
Starting a membership programme to raise a further R100 000 for literacy programmes in South Africa.
The Festival runs from Friday to Sunday during the third weekend in May, preceded by our Book Week for Young Readers.
The events take place in a variety of village venues within a few minutes’ walk of each other, creating a vibrant ambience in streets buzzing with book-lovers. The emphasis is on informal discussions and spirited debates between several writers with a chairperson, or one-on-one conversations and occasional talks. Starting at 10am and ending at 5pm, up to nine one-hour events run concurrently with half an hour between each (except where otherwise stated).
Fringe events include writing workshops and discussion groups, theatre performances, contemporary and classical music concerts and special dinner events with chefs of the Franschhoek Valley.
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