Festival Basics 2016

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Except where otherwise indicated, daytime events take place in the National Library and Old Fire Station on Abercromby Street and Hart Street, and are free of charge. Evening events take place at different venues around the city.

Dates and times
Saturday 23 April–Sunday 1 May
, CineLit, the Latin American and Caribbean Literary Film Festival, times to be confirmed.
Wednesday 27 April, 10:00am–4:00pm, Writers First at the National Library; 9 am–6.30 pm, Queen’s Park Oval
Thursday 28 April, 9 am–9 pm
Friday 29 April, 10 am–10 pm
Saturday 30 April, 10 am–8.30 pm
Sunday 1 May, 10 am–8.30 pm

Programme download
A PDF version of the 2016 festival programme is available to download here.

Getting to the Festival & Parking
From Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 April, a free shuttle service will operate from the Queen’s Park Savannah Grand Stand to Abercromby Street, outside the National Library. Parking at the Savannah Grand Stand is free and secure. Click to download the shuttle schedule

There is free street parking on Saturday and Sunday in downtown Port of Spain and till 6 pm in nearby paid parking facilities.

Live audio streaming of all events in the Old Fire Station at http://mixlr.com/bocaslitfest/.

Readings and panels
Readings with Q&As and panel discussions take place in the Old Fire Station and the AV Room on the lower ground floor of the National Library.

Book signings
After readings, talks, and discussions, authors will be signing copies of their books at designated tables on the ground floor of the Library.

All workshops take place in the 1st Floor Seminar Room of the National Library. Register for workshops here

Screenings are free in the AV Room on the lower ground floor of the National Library. Click here for the films programme.

Performance poetry and open mic
The Library Arcade on Abercromby Street is the venue for these popular sessions. There will also be lunchtime weekday performances at The Breakfast Shed café on the Port of Spain waterfront. Click here for the spoken word and open mic programme.

CineLit – The Latin American and Caribbean Literary Film Festival
2016 is a special year for literature lovers: the shared 400th anniversary of both William Shakespeare, greatest writer in the English language, and Miguel de Cervantes, author of the timeless novel Don Quixote, perhaps the most admired classic of Spanish-language writing.

To mark this anniversary, and celebrate the extraordinary literary heritage of our regional neighbours, the 2016 NGC Bocas Lit Fest is proud to host CineLit, the first Latin American and Caribbean Literary Film Festival.

Few of these films have been seen in T&T before, among them some international award winners, based on books and the lives of the incredible people who wrote them. CineLit is presented in partnership with the diplomatic missions from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Spain, and Venezuela. All films are screened in the Audio Visual Room on the lower ground floor of the National Library, and are free and open to the public. Spanish-language films are presented with English subtitles.

NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest
Children’s events take place in the Children’s Library on the ground floor, and at the Queen’s Park Oval on Wednesday 27 April. Click here for the programme. You can also register for the children’s storytelling caravan, which is heading to venues around the country throughout the month of April.

Booksellers and booths
Books by participating authors and others are on sale from official booksellers — Paper Based Bookshop, Metropolitan Book Suppliers, RIK Services Ltd, and Nigel R. Khan Booksellers — on the ground floor of the Library.

In addition to bookseller booths, NALIS, Hodder Education and The Caribbean Books Foundation will be displaying work from their various literary projects. Hodder Education will offer free samples of educational books, while NALIS will offer information on library membership, and their booth will be the meeting point for free library tours.

Eating and drinking
Beverages, sandwiches, and pastries are available from Rituals on the ground floor of the library and full meal service is available on the ground floor of Old Fire Station (entry through patio area). The Library Arcade on Hart Street is the place for eating, drinking, and relaxing with other Festival participants.

T-shirts and bags
2016 NGC Bocas Lit Fest t-shirts and bags are on sale at the Festival Reception desk.

Tweeting, blogging, or posting photos from the Festival online? Our 2016 hashtag is #bocas2016.

We want your feedback! Please leave completed forms in the feedback box at the Festival Reception desk, or email your feedback to us at info@bocaslitfest.com.

We’re always looking for enthusiastic book-lovers who can volunteer their time to make the NGC Bocas Lit Fest a huge success. Volunteers help with set-up and ensure that events run on time, usher authors between events and book signings, answer questions about events, and much more.

There are many perks to volunteering – quality time with the authors, as well as networking with other volunteers and the Bocas Lit Fest team. We’re look specifically for full-time volunteers who can join our team for most of the 5 day Festival. If you’re interested, please visit our volunteer page for more info.

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