2020 Franschhoek Literary Festival cancelled because of COVID-19

The Franschhoek Literary Festival, which was due to take place from 15 to 17 May 2020 in Cape Town, has been cancelled, ‘in light of the growing concerns about the global spread of COVID-19’.

Last night, however, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a national state of disaster, and today the South African literary scene has responded quickly.

Independent bookshops Love Books and The Book Lounge have cancelled all book events, and the Time of the Writer festival, which was due to start today (16 March 2020) in Durban has been cancelled.

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Read the statement from the organisers of the Franschhoek Literary Festival:


In light of the growing concerns about the global spread of COVID-19, and the new national safety measures imposed by the President, the Festival – in consultation with our headline sponsor Porcupine Ridge Wine and with Franschhoek Wine Valley and Tourism – has decided to cancel FLF 2020.

After a year of planning and organising, we are obviously devastated, but for the safety of all concerned, it is our responsibility to cancel. Our beloved authors and loyal visitors come first.

We would like to sincerely thank Porcupine Ridge Wine, our other stakeholders – and you, our interesting and interested audiences – for your support.

Please stay safe and keep reading.
The FLF Team.

Categories Fiction Non-fiction South Africa

Tags Book events Franschhoek Literary Festival News

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