AFCC 2020 is back on 3 & 4 October

AFCC 2020 Key Visual, illustrated by Chen Ziyue. Learn more about the illustration here

AFCC 2020: Voyages

The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) returns from 3 - 4 October 2020 in a new digital format, and celebrates the theme “Voyages”, where we invite participants to envision a world filled with possibilities even as we are facing many challenges and much uncertainty now. We aim to traverse boundaries, redefine narratives and discover new truths, as we embark on a digital journey of exploration to be immersed in a world of stories for children and young adults.

The choice is especially apt, as the Festival invites the participants to envision a world filled with possibilities in the digital space, even in the face of so many disruptions and uncertainty now.

AFCC aims to traverse boundaries, redefine narratives and discover new truths, as it seeks new avenues of sharing Asian stories for children and young adults.

Featuring more than 40 local and international speakers, including well-known writers like Mariko Nagai, Minh Lê, and Trevor Lai, illustrators such as Robert Alejandro, educators like Dr Junko Yokota and Rushton Hurley, as well as key figures in the media content and literary industry such as Dexter Ong, Head of Wattpad Studios (Asia) and Peter Florence, Director and Founder of the Hay Festival. The speakers will share about their experiences and efforts in responding to the pandemic.

AFCC 2020 GIF created by Shahrazad Binti Logan. Inspired and adapted from the AFCC 2020 Key Visual by Chen Ziyue.

Sessions at the digital symposium will feature pertinent topics relating to the world’s changing landscape. These include the opening session “Children’s Books in the Time of Crisis and Change”, “Building Resilience in Children During Crisis” and “Community Engagements in Virtual Spaces”, which examines how digital tools have grown in importance in schools and various communities.

AFCC also seeks to address the issues and the way forward in a post-COVID world with panels like “Digital Festivals and Book Fairs: The New Normal?” featuring representatives from various literary festivals around the world discussing the extent digitisation will have on the literary industry in a post-COVID world.

AFCC 2020 will also present a plethora of online programmes consisting of industry-focused sessions such as pitching sessions with publishers and network commissioners, panel discussions and masterclasses.

Learn more about this year's programmes here!

About AFCC 

The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) is an annual festival that promotes and advocates the creation, development and appreciation of quality Asian stories for children and young adults.

Organised by the Singapore Book Council, the festival's main programmes comprise conference presentations, panels, masterclasses, workshops, and lectures. AFCC is a unique event in Asia that provides an opportunity for various practitioners, including writers, illustrators, translators, editors, publishers, academics, teachers, librarians and parents to meet, learn, hone their craft, and develop cross-cultural collaborations.