How Asian Festival of Children’s content 2019 will celebrate ‘diversity’

At the start of September, the Bras Basah National Library in Singapore will be a hive of activities with writers, books, illustrators and publishers exhibiting their wares and holding workshops to celebrate the upcoming Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC). The festival adopts “diversity” as its theme.

Organised by the Singapore Book Council, the tenth AFCC will feature 150 speakers, of who 104 are local and 47 are international. 

“AFCC has been championing diversity and Asian children’s books since its inception,” said the Executive Director of the Singapore Book Council, William Phuan, in a press release . “As we mark our 10th anniversary milestone, it is even more important that we continue to push to enrich the literary landscape with multicultural stories and diverse themes.” 

A podcast of reviews for and by young students will be introduced this year. The podcasts from secondary and high school students will be streamed online.

The ‘Country of Focus’ will be Myanmar. A delegation of 25 writers, illustrators and publishers from Myanmar will participate in the events. The final culmination for them will be the Myanmar Night, a celebration of the country’s arts and culture. There will be a gallery of illustrations on site and more exciting activities like GIF creations and even a GIF competition.

AFCC will also present the biennial Scholastic Picture Book Award 2019 (SPBA) this year. Seven picture book manuscripts from India, Vietnam, Singapore, Turkey, Philippines and South Korea have been shortlisted for this award out of eighty eight submissions. The winner will receive $10,000 and have their work published by Scholastic Asia.

Event details 

Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2019 

Date: 5 to 8 September 

Venue: National Library 

100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064

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