The Singapore Book Council, which organises the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC), has decided to postpone the 11th edition of AFCC from 28–31 May to 3–4 October 2020, in view of the evolving COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore and around the world. In response to the situation, AFCC will be scaling down the festival to two days and making parts of the festival digital.
As a prelude to AFCC, the Book Council will also be organising the popular Book Illustrators Gallery (BIG), an exhibition that showcases the best illustrations from Asian picture books from 1–30 June 2020 at the National Library Building.
“Ensuring the health and safety of our speakers, audience members and staff was our first priority, hence we made the decision to postpone AFCC,” says William Phuan, Executive Director of the Singapore Book Council. “However, in view of the COVID-19 situation and how it has disrupted book fairs and events all over the world, we also wanted to use this opportunity to rethink and refresh AFCC. Hence, we are looking at how to leverage technology to take parts of the festival online or digital like live streaming, and still engage the community in a safe and accessible way.”
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