PUBLIC CALL: Participate & curate Jozi Book Fair


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Jozi Book Fair
Jozi Book Fair

In collaboration with the City of Johannesburg, the 9th Jozi Book Fair takes place from 31 August – 3 September at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Joburg.

Once again JBF welcomes the public, publishers, self-publishers, librarians, poets, activists, arts, academics and NGOs to exhibit & host events at the 9th Jozi Book Fair Festival.

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Registration is now open for applications to exhibit & host events & closes on 18 June 2017.

A Public Platform
The JBF is committed to the development of a robust grassroots literature in South Africa. With more than 100 activities to indulge in, there is no other place to be than at the Fair. The Festival includes famous, new and established authors, artists and literary activists who will engage in conversations, workshops, seminars and book launches. A book buying culture is developing and affordable books are sold in English & indigenous languages and there is a display of services including the nuts and bolts of book production. The public will get an opportunity to engage in provocative roundtable talks with key players in the world of literature & on topical issues. Come meet new people and network!

This public call & invite is to all readers, writers, artists, churches, performers, poets, film-makers and the public, to join Jozi Book Fair (JBF) and build an indigenous movement of readers and writers in all South Africa’s languages.

This year’s theme, Woman and Literature, aims to mobilise everyone, especially women, girls and youth at schools, orphanages, employed and unemployed, professionals and communities to read and engage each other. The theme informs the Festival’s content, historicising depictions of women and men in literature and the arts, in South Africa, Africa and internationally.

The JBF offers progressive publishers, writers, libraries and archives, museums, artists and educational and research institutions, a forum to showcase their publications and activities, network, and the opportunity to develop alternative approaches and strategies. JBF is open to publishing houses and organisations that are committed to a social justice agenda and who promote reading and writing in South Africa, regionally and internationally.

The JBF is a distinct book fair in South Africa: the JBF creates readers and writers and assists self-publishers to print their work affordably; the composition of its participants reflects the country’s demography and the JBF programme is curated ‘from below’! Hence the JBF is a growing culture and over the past 8 years the Festival has grown beyond expectations. In 2016 more than 5 000 people attended, and 70% of the 120 events was hosted by the public. The Fair saw the participation of 300 artists and authors and 45 publishers and NGOs exhibited.

Host Events
Members of the public, communities and organisations who want to contribute to building a movement of readers and writers are welcome to host events at the Fair. Events can include different art forms, seminars, discussions on research reports, conversations with authors, book launches, workshops on writing and reading skills or making comics, film festivals, drama sketches and art exhibitions.

Normal price for FULL STAND: Small publishers – R1 750 & Large Publishers R6 000
Exhibitors host events for free
EXHIBITOR EARLY BIRD: R500 off for payments made before 31 March 2017.
If you exhibit at JBF, hosting events is free.
The cost to host events at JBF is R100 per event.

** Find application forms to exhibit and to host events & T&Cs on the Jozi Book Fair website.

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