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What to expect at #Rutanang2020



This year #Rutanang2020 presents the first
JM Ntsime Public Lecture in partnership with
North West University (NWU)


This year we are introducing a new feature of #Rutanang2020. The Inaugural JM Ntsime Public Lecture will be presented by Kabelo Kgatea; the most prolific Setswana author in the post-1994 South Africa.

30+ Authors

#Rutanang2020 presents some of SA's finest authors of African languages.

30+ Authors

#Rutanang2020 presents the finest of South Africa's authors of African languages and narratives. From award-winners, to poets, novelists and essayists, #Rutanang2020 has them all

#ditaola short story anthology

Our short story collection is our way of raising funds.

#Ditaola Short Story Anthology

Written in a mix of South African languages, Ditaola is curated by renowned and award-winning author Sabata-mpho Mokae. It is #Rutanang2020's effort to raise funds for the Festival now and in the future.

Masterclasses & workshops

Attend our free masterclass in creative writing in African languages and self-publishing. Only 20 seats per session. BOOK NOW

Masterclasses & workshops

We are offering two masterclasses and workshops in creative writing in African languages and self-publishing. The masterclass and workshop are available on first-come-first-serve-basis.

our partners & sponsors

We have partnered with great visionaries to bring you #Rutanang2020

Our Partners & Sponsors

#Rutanang2020 is brought to you by Red Dune and Geko Publishing. We ae supported by visionaries at North West University (NWU) and Sol Plaatje University (SPU)

Why are we
doing this?

why original african languages?

African languages literature has been relegated to the margins by the mainstream, traditional publishers who prefer English literature. #Rutanang2020's aim is to refocus literature written in the languages of the continent ...

our literature is an agent of freedom

RBF believes that a society that has a strong culture of reading (and writing) can free itself of the social ills. Literature and books, play an important role in literacy, eradication of ignorance and of shaping a peaceful and cohesive society.

Previous festivals

The inaugural Rutanang Book Festival took place on 25-27 April 2016, in Tlokwe. The event was attended by different literature stakeholder from the different provinces of South Africa and the SADEC countries. In 2017 The Rutanang Book Festival was awarded Best New Literary Festival of the Year 2016 by one of the leading literature blogs in Africa.
who to expect at #rutanang2020


"We need this kind of platform for many of our townships..."

Masello Motana

"Reading in setswana - my mother tongue feels so natural"

presley chweneyagae


rutanang must be a national event!

pj mofokeng

our partners &


do not miss out

buy your ticket
for #rutanang2020

Free pass

  • All festival pass (Zoom)
  • Access to workshops
  • Access to masterclasses

Festival + short story book

R 150
  • All festival pass (Zoom)
  • Get Ditaola Short story collection (PDF)
  • Access workshops & classes
  • Connect with the authors

patron's pass

R 350
  • All festival access
  • Access workshops & masterclasses
  • Get Ditaola Short Story collection (Print)
  • Special mention in the Festival


Conaference Center

Platforms - Zoom &
Facebook Live

Your home

Enjoy the festival from
the comfort of your home.

#rutanang 2018


If you have any question,
feel free to call 082 499 7623

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