Asian
Festival of
Children’s
Content
2016

Asian Festival of Children’s Content

25 – 29 May 2016

National Library Building, Singapore

The Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) is an annual festival in Singapore that celebrates and promotes the creation and appreciation of children’s books and content, with a focus on Asian themes.

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Country of Focus

We are excited to have Japan as our Country of Focus – Speakers will share thoughts on the Japanese book culture and conduct fun workshops.

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Festival Highlights

Writers and Illustrators Conference

Featuring tracks on Illustration & Book Design / Young Adult / Kidlit / Translation / Library / Diversity In Kids & Ya Lit.

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Teachers Congress

The Preschool & Primary Teachers Congress features tracks for educators of both Pre-school and Primary children.

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Parents Forum

The Parents Forum features tracks for parents of both Pre-school and Primary children.

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Cross-Platform Summit

A crossover networking opportunity for media and literary professionals while centring on multi-platform storytelling, pitching, interactive narrative and digital marketing.

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Session Highlights

Diversity in Kidlit & YA Lit
[PANEL] #WeNeedDiverseBooks. Really! (B1 MULTIPURPOSE ROOM)

Deborah Ahenkorah (Founder, Golden Baobab), Jenny Murray (Acting Director, Children’s Books Ireland), Mariko Nagai (Poet, Author), Daphne Lee (Editor, Scholastic Malaysia)

#WeNeedDiverseBooks is a movement that requires a response from the literary community. In this panel, the speakers explore what has been done and what more we can do to tell our children diverse stories.

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Primary
To S.I.R (Socially Inclusive Reads) with Love (B1 MULTIPURPOSE ROOM)
A socially inclusive picture book for kids, with or without special needs

Tan Ai Khim (Design Lecturer / Designer-Illustrator, NAFA/ Helang Books), Hidayah Amin (Publisher, Helang Books), Lee Seow Ser (Writer & Editor, Helang Books)

Panel will discuss production of inclusive picture books imbued with values, containing Braille, dyslexia-friendly font and tactile illustrative elements, to meet the needs of readers with different needs and abilities.

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What Past Speakers Say

Mini Monsters Ltd has been a part of AFCC for the last 4 years and we are thrilled to be a part of this festival again in 2016 to take Singapore’s Malay children’s content to the world’s children!

Rilla Melati from AFCC 2015
Director, Mini Monsters (Singapore)

AFCC 2015 was an enriching experience. I attended the Teacher's Congress and was impressed with the quality of presentations especially the keynote speech by Rosemary Johnston. It was heartening to see such a range of presenters across diverse countries and fields all come together to discuss the many facets of children's literature.

Pearl Mascarenhas from AFCC 2015
Programme Leader, New Zealand Tertiary College (New Zealand)

Festival Updates

The History of Japanese Picture Books exhibition

While the main festival is over, you can still catch the exhibition, “The History of Japanese Picture Books: From E-inagkyo to The Family of Fourteen” at the National Library til 10 July. Wander into the wonderful world of Japanese picture books, and witness for yourself the country’s rich history of narratives in the last 1,300 years.

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Thank you from AFCC 2016

Aaand... it’s a wrap!

Thank you to all our speakers, moderators, volunteers, sponsors, partners and participants, for being a part of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2016, a dynamic festival celebrating children’s literature and content. 

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afccSKETCH
By Liew Hooi Yin

Birds, friendship and Japan: Thank you for your overwhelming response for afccSKETCH! This year, we received 99 submissions from 15 countries. Come see for yourself the winning entries, which will be exhibited at the Book Illustrators Gallery from 14 May – 3 June at the B1 Exhibition Area, National Library Building!

View all submissions online!

Keep in Touch!

Latest from AFCC Blog
Ms Claire Chiang’s Speech to SCBWI Japan
Ms Claire Chiang’s Speech to SCBWI Japan
2 Dec 2015 [AFCC 2015, AFCC 2016]

The Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) Board of Advisors recently took a trip to Tokyo, Japan, to meet with various friends and partners who will be appearing and helping out at AFCC 2016. They toured the city and its suburbs and solidified plans for the event. During an AFCC Get-Together at the Tokyo Women's University ... READ FULL ENTRY

Thank you!
Thank you!
10 Jun 2015 by R Ramachandran [AFCC 2015]

Dear AFCC Family Members, Thank you for your wholehearted support for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) 2015. I wish to extend my deepest gratitude to the many wonderful people involved in making this Festival a success. Thank you, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, for gracing the Opening Ceremony &... READ FULL ENTRY

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