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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

Country of Focus
Songs and Picture Books (L5 POSSIBILITY ROOM)

Toshihiko Shinzawa (Singer, Songwriter), Satoko Yamano (Singer)

Songs and pictures have a special way of reaching out to children. Combine the two and a new world unfolds. In this session, singers and song-writers Toshihiko Shinzawa and Satoko Yamano willl discuss and show how songs and pictures can work well together, expanding children's senses and imagination.


A Peek Into Puppetry (B1 MULTIPURPOSE ROOM)

Brian Zimmerman (Puppeteer)

Puppets are back! This exclusive session introduces the basics of puppetry to industry professionals and gives them a taste of what working with puppets is like and how to develop content for puppet characters. This talk also aims to reignite a passion for this centuries old art form within.


What Past Speakers Say

Pearl Mascarenhas

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)
Julia Lawrinson

AFCC 2016 was an amazing experience. The opportunity to have dialogue about children’s literature with passionate advocates from around the world was remarkable, and has not been replicated in any other festival or conference I’ve been to. To have luminaries such as Leonard Marcus there, whose brilliant exhibition on the history of children’s literature was at the New York Library in 2015 (and which I visited), testifies to the significance of the festival. Seeing how the festival has expanded since my first visit in 2012 was fascinating, and hearing the different approaches of different countries and cultures to the best way of sharing children’s literature was again a highlight of the festival. Of particular interest to me was the large number of Muslim teachers in attendance, and the openness with which everybody discussed topics that arose during sessions. As diversity is the latest ‘trend’ of discussion in Western YA and children’s literature, it was great to see diversity in action. The festival as a whole ran incredibly smoothly, with a vast array of topics and speakers – the only problem was not being able to attend three sessions at once!

Julia Lawrinson from AFCC 2016
Author (Australia)

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. 

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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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