Celebrate the love for reading, books and children’s content at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) 2016.
The five-day festival takes place at the National Library Building from 25 to 29 May 2016 and promises to be the biggest in its history with a mix of free and ticketed activities for authors, parents, children and the general public.
This year’s AFCC 2016 features 140 ticketed events, 50 free-entry programmes and a record number of international and local exhibitors at its signature AFCC Book Fair. The AFCC is centred around the creation of children’s literature with a focus on Asian themes. This year, the AFCC’s Country of Focus is Japan and special showcases will be organised to highlight the work of Japanese content creators.
AFCC Book Fair
From 25 to 29 May 2016, visit the Plaza at the National Library Building to view the latest children’s books, young adult titles and educational resources for children and teenagers aged 0 to 18 years old. 42 exhibitors from Singapore, Japan, Australia, China, Malaysia, Philippines, India and Indonesia will be at the fair presenting items including specially imported books and illustrated prints.
At the Japan Pavilion, attend storytelling session, kamishibai demonstrations, mini manga workshop and meet with Japanese authors.
Book Illustrators Gallery
The works of local and regional artists go on show at the Book Illustrators Gallery. Featuring 130 beautiful children’s book illustrations, the exhibition takes place from 14 May to 3 June at the basement one of the Central Public Library.
At the AFCC Parents Forum, learn how to nurture early learning and bilingualism at home using diverse media. This ticketed event takes place on 29 May 2016 at the National Library Building.
Book and Product Launches
Off to the Beach: Sign up for special trial music classes for preschoolers with The Music Circle (19 August)
Little Day Outing: Get a Peek Behind the Scenes on a Little Day Out to Singapore Dance Theatre
35 new children’s titles will be launched at this year’s AFCC. These include The Little Singapore Book by Sim Ee Waun & Jacqueline See Tully, The Abominable Norman by Chrissy Lim and Nine by Ben Lai and Jeannie Ang. There will be the opportunities to meet the authors at the launches.
Also planned over the five-day festival are many free, family-friendly activities. Join in a sing-along session with Japanese stars, watch illustrators duel it out and take part in a Story Wall activity and string together a story with others. There are also performances to watch such as 1000 Paper Cranes, a touching story about how folding 1000 origami cranes brought about new hope.
Get more details on the free activities and performances at the AFCC here.
For more information, including ticketing details, about AFCC 2016, visit their website here.