Annual Festivals / Exhibitions & Conferences in or near Grahamstown, Frontier Country in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Events in GrahamstownWordFest

Annual Festivals Exhibitions & Conferences

Where? Grahamstown

When? 28 June to 8 July 2018

How? Call +27 (0)46 603-8111

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Every year, during the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, the Rhodes University hosts the acclaimed WordFest event. This event is aimed at promoting word-arts in all of its modern, innovative and creative forms. This intriguing event is not only to entertain, but also to foster a reading and writing culture in South Africa, particularly in the African tongues.

Although there are more than 100 activities that make up the annual WordFest, the highlights include:

Between 20 and 30 book launches
Various lectures
A number of excellent performances
Media contracts with the print and broadcast media
Junior and high school developmental projects
Interesting seminars
Beautiful exhibitions
Useful workshops
Open mike sessions
A restaurant
A retail book outlet (Exclusive Books)
WordStock (a daily literary newspaper)

This is the only national multilingual festival of languages and literatures in the country, and its success is undeniable when one considers that it has been going for well over a decade.

It is based at the Institute for the Study of English at Rhodes University, and the actual event is held in the Eden Grove Building on the campus.

Visitors heading to Grahamstown for the WordFest event will also, no doubt, enjoy the many museums throughout this historical little university town, as well as the old architecture. The Albany Museum and Observatory Museum are must-sees during your time here. In addition, the Thomas Baines Nature Reserve is just outside Grahamstown and is a fantastic place to see some of the fauna and flora of the Eastern Cape.

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