Previewing the 14th Jozi Book Fair!

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It is that time of the year again. It is time for the 14th Annual Jozi Book Fair Festival. This year, the Festival will kick off on Friday, 28 October 2022, and finish on Sunday, 30 October 2022. It will be held in Newtown Park, Johannesburg. The theme of the Book Fair this year is ‘Reimagine and Remake the World.’

The Jozi Book Fair (JBF) is an educational and cultural festival for school youth, children, book clubs, academics, communities, and the public. This year, the programme will feature over 30 exciting events and activities for children; youth; social movements, and the public including events hosted by the public. While the Book Fair is relatively small this year compared to previous years, the programme has some very exciting highlights, including the launch of the Marikana exhibition & conversation as we mark the ten years of Marikana.

The Children’s Programme on Saturday, 29 October, will include performances from children, children’s testimonials on Children’s Rights and the launch of the Poetry for Friends – a series of poems written by children. In the School Youth’s Programme, also on Saturday, there will be various parallel workshops, including writing, chess, poetry, theatre, and creativity. The 7th edition of Batjha Kaofela, a series of short stories written by school youth, will be launched and authors will discuss their stories with their peers.

There will also be activities for the public including launches of books such as Enslaved Mind Liberty from Kwazithina Publishers and Widows in Africa by Lukhanyo Publishers. To highlight the growing repression of journalists, globally, Karibu! will host a session on the State of Journalism since Covid-19.

To celebrate Oupa Lehulere’s life, the Khanya College Study Group and the University of Sussex will have a discussion around various of his papers and a panel discussion around the Labour Relations Act and the Foundations of Neoliberalism in South Africa.

Sunday will also be tailored for the public and social movements, with workshops for social movements, discussion on the CHW Legal Case, and Barbara Boswell will discuss the late Lauretta Ngcobo’s writings with the Khanya College Study Group. Youth and Social Movement will also participate in a Soccer Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, performances around poetry, theatre, and music will also be the entertainers for the day. Various books will be on sale from publishers and the Bathekgi Book Shop.

The book fair and all sessions are free. The public can contact the Jozi Book Fair for more information on attending the Fair at 0791015880/0113369190 or

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