Notice of Postponement of AFCC 2020 to 3 - 4 October
The Singapore Book Council, which organises the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC), has decided to postpone the 11th edition of AFCC from 28–31 May to 3–4 October 2020, in view of the evolving COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore and around the world. In response to the situation, AFCC will be scaling down the festival to two days and making parts of the festival digital.
For more information, please refer to the press release here.
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.
AFCC 2020: Voyages
The theme of the 11th edition of AFCC is "Voyages".
We invite you to envision a world filled with possibilities as we traverse boundaries, redefine narratives and discover new truths. Cast your eyes on the theme of “Voyages” and immerse yourself in a world of stories for children and young adults. From new beginnings to uncharted territories, adventures await at AFCC 2020!
AFCC 2020 Postponement - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What is AFCC?
The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) is an annual festival organised by the Singapore Book Council that promotes and advocates the creation, development and appreciation of quality Asian stories for children and young adults.
The festival’s main programmes comprise conference presentations, discussion 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.
AFCC 2020’s theme of Voyages invites speakers and delegates to consider unchartered territories in children’s literature and publishing.
2. Why has AFCC 2020 been postponed?
Due to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore and around the world, we have decided to postpone AFCC 2020 to 3–4 October for the safety of our speakers, audience members and staff.
3. Where can I get festival guides for AFCC?
The festival guide and an e-version for AFCC 2020 will be made available closer to the start of the festival.
4. Will there be a book fair and a festival book store?
There will not be a book fair this year, but AFCC will still have a festival bookstore. Visitors to AFCC will still be able to purchase books by featured speakers at the festival bookstore.
5. How do I volunteer for AFCC?
We will publish a call for volunteers three months before the festival. Keep your eyes peeled!
6. How is this year’s AFCC going to be different?
The festival will be scaled down from its usual four days to a two-day version, from 3-4 October 2020. The venue will be announced at a later date. You can also be part of the festival by joining its live streams and webinars for selected programmes.
8. How do I get tickets for AFCC 2020?
More ticketing information will be provided at a later date.
9. What measures are the Singapore Book Council taking to ensure the safety of delegates, speakers and staff at AFCC?
Everyone present at AFCC will undergo temperature screening and will be required to provide their contact details for potential contact tracing. Attendees will be asked to fill out a travel and health declaration form, and are encouraged to refrain from attending if they are unwell, and to abide by Stay-Home Notices if they have been issued one. We reserve the right to deny entry to visitors who do not cooperate with the aforementioned measures. We will be closely observing guidelines laid out by the National Arts Council with regard to organising arts and culture events. These include adopting social distancing measures such as ensuring 1-metre distance between our participants and limiting access to attendees at our free standing events. We remain flexible should the situation change.
10. I intend to travel from overseas to Singapore for AFCC. Will I be allowed to attend AFCC?
As of 18 March 2020, Singaporeans, residents and visitors entering Singapore are issued a 14-day stay home notice (SHN). If you are placed on SHN, you are required to remain in your place of residence at all times. As such, attendance at AFCC will only be open to delegates residing in Singapore who have not been overseas within 14 days before the start of the festival. However, we invite you to join our livestreams and webinars which will be more convenient, and just as informative. You may refer to the Ministry of Health (MOH’s) Border Control Measures or its advisories for further information.
11. What happens if the COVID-19 situation worsens in October or if the DORSCON level is raised to red?
We are monitoring the situation closely and have put in place measures to protect our visitors, audience and staff. SBC’s events, including AFCC, will closely follow guidelines from the National Arts Council (NAC) and advisories from the Ministry of Health (MOH).
12. I know someone who has contracted COVID-19. Can I still go for AFCC?
If you know someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, we advise that you monitor yourself for symptoms of the virus and refrain from attending AFCC should you feel unwell or have had direct contact with a COVID-19 case. If you have been issued a Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or placed under Home Quarantine Order, we request that you adhere to the regulations and abide by the guidelines indicated by MOH.
13. My question is not answerable by any of your FAQs. Who do I reach out to?
You may email us at [email protected] or call +65 6342 5119.