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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.

Register Speakers Calendar

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.


Festival Highlights

Writers and Illustrators Conference

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


Teachers Congress

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


Parents Forum

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


Cross-Platform Summit

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


Session Highlights

[PANEL] Cracking the Golden Egg at Literary Festivals (L1 VISITORS BRIEFING ROOM)

Maria Alessandrino (Emerging writer, reviewer and Festival Program Coordinator), Felicia Low-Jimenez (Co-author of the Sherlock Sam series)

Literary Festivals offer a unique opportunity to network with creators and peers. With so much on offer how do you ensure that you get the most out of your Festival experience?


Country of Focus
[Activity] “Nursery Rhyme and Picture Book Hour for Infants and Toddlers” in the Japanese Library (B1 My Tree House)

Tadahiko Motoyoshi (Director General, International Library of Children’s Literature), Chihoko Tanaka (Section chief in charge of services for children, International
Library of Children’s Literature

Japanese nursery rhymes are easy to remember and have simple melodies and rhythm. Mothers can touch and maintain eye contact with their babies while singing. This programme by the International Library of Children's Literature features many Japanese picture books for infants, and are sure to capture the attention of the toddlers!


What Past Speakers Say

Oliver Phommavanh

AFCC is proof that you are not alone in your creative journey! It’s wonderful to meet so many creators who are passionate about kids in one place. I learnt so much from other people and it’s really energised me to take my own work to the next level.

Oliver Phommavanh from AFCC 2016
Author, stand-up comedian, primary school teacher (Australia)
Evangeline Neo

AFCC was a great conference to interact with writers and artists from other Asian countries, as well as to learn more about the differences and similarities in our industries and operation. It has been an inspiration and I look forward to AFCC 2016.

Evangeline Neo from AFCC 2015
Creative Director, Evaworks (Singapore)

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.


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. 

Blogged about the festival? Have a photograph to share?  E-mail us at [email protected]!

Thank you note from NBDCS Executive Director, Mr Rama

Follow the AFCC Facebook page for festival photographs!

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!

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