The 21st Byron Writers Festival will be held on 4th – 6th of August in Byron Bay, NSW. It is the largest regional writers’ festival with a seven-day program that engages the local community of more than 65,000 individuals and reaches over 4,000 school students.
Having started as a winter weekend gathering of a small group of authors and locals in 1997, the festival has developed into a major cultural event in the Northern Rivers’ area, shaping a vibrant literary culture of reading and writing.
The Festival’s mission is to deliver a program with a focus on Australian literature to enhance the skills of writers and foster cultural understanding amongst all ages. By providing vibrant literary, cultural reading and writing workshops, the festival brings together literature from different cultures to cultivate mutual understanding. In particular, the program encourages school students to gain insight into different cultural forms as well as their understanding of cultural diversity.
This year, the festival invites more than 130 storytelling masters whose works have educated and inspired a wide range of audiences. Byron Bay is not only a holiday destination, but also a cultural hub that brings different communities together to share ideas, cultural insight, memories and inspirations for a higher level of cultural diversity.