By Matshidiso Makhalanyane The University of Free State in partnership with the Vrystaat Arts Festival is proud to present the first literature festival in central South Africa from 11th -16th    of July in Bloemfontein. Afrikaans books and writers will be part of it. Other indigenous languages such as Sotho and Zulu will also be celebrated. “The aim of the festival, part of the bigger Vrystaat Arts Festival, is to strengthen a culture of reading, not just in the Free State but nationally. The festival will market books as well as embrace new developments in the field of writing. I am incredibly excited about this inaugural event, which the University will support in the long-term.”- Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State Professor Jonathan Jansen. The theme of the festival is “Our Africa”. Amongst the authors who are going to attend the will be Hertzog-price winner Adam Small. He will be celebrating his 80th birthday as well as the release of his latest drama. Legendary John Kani writer will also be speaking at the festival about his most recent theatre productions. Zakes Mda will fly in from USA, Chika Unigwe from Nigeria, Wilfried N`SOnde originally from Congo, who now lives in France will also be a festival guest. Writers will engage in discussion. Writers who are going to be involved are the likes of Francois Smith and Henning Pieteres, who work hand-in-hand with Department of Afrikaans and Dutch at the UFS, offering short courses on the creative writing. The 28th of April will be the launch of the final festival programme    

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