Young performers at AFCC 2015
Young performers at AFCC 2015

From songs and skits to artistry duels, AFCC brings you a myriad of activities that you and your family can enjoy!

25 - 27 May 2016 (Wed - Fri)

10:00am - 6:00pm
[Activity] Story Wall (L1 PLAZA)

What happens when everyone can only write 5 words to create a story together? Make your mark on AFCC's first-ever Story Wall and watch the story build over time! For AFCC delegates only. 

Day 1 – 25 May 2016 (Wed)

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Country of Focus
[Activity] Sing-along Concert with Japanese Stars (B1 MY TREE HOUSE)

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

Join this exclusive interactive concert featuring funny and contemporary Japanese children's songs and picturebook storytelling! Children can participate in dances and songs with songwriter Toshihiko Shinzawa and singer Satoko Yamano. For children aged 4-7 years old.

4:15pm - 4:45pm
[Activity] AFCC 2016 Duelling Illustrators (L1 PLAZA)

Soefara Jafney (Illustrator, art director, designer), Gabriel Evans (Illustrator and author), Julia Lawrinson (Author)

Don't miss this age-old battle of the illustrators at AFCC! With Julia Lawrinson as the Voice of the arena, illustrator Soefara Jafney from Malaysia meets head-on with Gabriel Evans from Australia. 

Day 2 – 26 May 2016 (Thur)

3:00pm - 3:30pm
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!

4:15pm - 4:45pm
[Activity] Illustrationary (L1 PLAZA)

Maria Alessandrino (Emerging writer, reviewer and Festival Program Coordinator), Kylie Howarth (Author and Illustrator), Robert A. Alejandro (Illustrator and children’s art show host), Gabriela Lee (Author), Oliver Phommavanh (Author, stand-up comedian, primary school teacher)

We know illustrators can draw. But can authors draw? In a game of Illustrationary, we put both children's authors and illustrators to the test. 

Day 3 – 27 May 2016 (Fri)

1:15pm - 1:45pm
[Performance] 1000 Paper Cranes (L1 PLAZA)

inwardBOUND (Drama School)

Come and find out what happened to Sadako after the bombing of Hiroshima, and how folding 1000 origiami cranes gave her hope. AFCC and inwardBOUND brings you a play that has touched many hearts around the world, based on the true story of Sadako Sasaki. For children 6-9 years old.

2:00pm - 2:30pm
Country of Focus
[Activity] Let’s Enjoy Japanese! – Japanese Story Hour (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

This programme by the International Library of Children's Literature is suitable for children who do not understand Japanese. It features well-known picture books of Japanese nursery rhymes and other stories with lots of onomatopoeia. Enjoy the pretty sounds of Japanese words!

Day 4 – 28 May 2016 (Sat)

11:00am - 11:30am
[Performance] Grandfather’s Footsteps (L1 PLAZA)

inwardBOUND (Drama School)

A grandfather suffers from Alzheimer's disease. His granddaughter, who misheard it as Arse Hammers, thought he had a superpower and could teleport to a different place. Don't miss this heart-warming story of a family overcoming the challenges of Alzheimer's. 

3:00pm - 4:00pm (At Woodlands Regional Library, Everest Room)
Read and Sing by Yasunari Murakami (Everest Room, Woodlands Regional Library / For 4-6 years)

Target audience: Parent-child pair
This is a special session of storytelling and sing-along by famous children’s book illustrator Yasunari Murakami. He will be using his unique fish-style ukulele for the singing session. There will be lots of fun for all children! Suitable for children aged 4-6years old.

Born in Japan Gifu Prefecture in 1955, Murakami has continued to explore the charm and possibilities of expression through picture books. His work 999 tadpoles was nominated German Children’s Literature Award 2012. He was the Winner of the Graphics Prize at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair with Pinku to "sunoo jiisan" (Pink and Uncle Snow, 1986),  "Present" (The gift) (1988) and "Youkoso morie" (Welcome to the forest) (1989).