By The Book: Asian Festival of Children’s Content Goes Digital This October
The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) will be returning from 3rd to 4th October 2020 in an entirely digital format. Organisers The Singapore Book Council (SBC) have decided to re-conceive the annual festival as a two-day digital symposium in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with a series of workshops, masterclasses and pitching sessions on 2nd October to prelude the digital symposium.
AFCC 2020 celebrates the theme “Voyages”, with the festival inviting participants to envision a world filled with possibilities in the digital space, even in the face of so many disruptions and much uncertainty now. AFCC aims to traverse boundaries, redefine narratives and discover new truths, as it seeks new avenues of sharing Asian stories for children and young adults.
AFCC 2020 will feature more than 40 local and international speakers, including well-known writers like Mariko Nagai, Minh Lê, and Trevor Lai, illustrators such as Robert Alejandro, educators like Dr Junko Yokota and Rushton Hurley, as well as key figures in the media content and literary industry such as Dexter Ong, Head of Wattpad Studios (Asia) and Peter Florence, Director and Founder of the Hay Festival. The speakers will share about their experiences and efforts in responding to the pandemic.
Several of the topics covered at the digital symposium will feature pertinent topics relating to the world’s changing landscape. These include the opening session “Children’s Books in the Time of Crisis and Change”, “Building Resilience in Children During Crisis” and “Community Engagements in Virtual Spaces”, which examines how digital tools have grown in importance in schools and various communities.
AFCC also seeks to address the issues and the way forward in a post-COVID world with panels like “Digital Festivals and Book Fairs: The New Normal?” featuring representatives from various literary festivals around the world discussing the extent digitisation will have on the literary industry in a post-COVID world.
AFCC 2020 will also present a plethora of online programmes consisting of industry-focused sessions such as pitching sessions with publishers and network commissioners, panel discussions and masterclasses.
AFCC 2020 takes place from 3rd to 4th October entirely online. Visit the AFCC website to find out more.
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