The festival will stage around 30 20-minute plays, selected from a field of more than 90 entries. Some will be visiting productions from New Zealand and overseas.
The festival will showcase Dunedin plays as well as work from UNESCO Cities of Literature around the world, including Melbourne, Baghdad, Iowa City, Heidelberg and Nottingham.
University of Otago students will act in, direct, and produce most of the programme under the guidance of theatre professionals.
There will also be workshops, forums and readings – all open to the public.