The South African Book Fair 2015 - A First for Joburg
For the first time ever this year, The South African Book Fair (SABF) will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa’s industrial and cultural centre.
The SABF promises to bring to Jozi a literary festival like no other and will be held at the beautiful and historic Turbine Hall in Newtown, 31 July – 2 August 2015. A big book fair in South Africa’s big city is big news, and we are excited for this inaugural event!
HISTORY OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN BOOK FAIR
Established in 2006, the SABF is managed by PASA, the Publishers’ Association of South Africa. Over the past seven years it has established itself as an important platform in Southern Africa for the literary world to gather and trade in the business of publishing. It also has become popular with the general public, and this year’s festival, with its inaugural year in Joburg, will bring the focus back to books and their authors with an exciting literary programme.
The 2014 Fair, held at the Cape Town Convention Centre – Cape Town’s premier location for big events – attracted around 8 000 visitors and firmly placed the national book fair back at the centre of books and reading in South Africa.
The focus of this fair will be a celebration of books, reading, writing and authors, with special attention given to current issues as well as the breadth and depth of South African and African publishing.
PLANS FOR THE 2015 SOUTH AFRICAN BOOK FAIR
The 2015 three-day programme will feature book launches and signings, author interviews, literary workshops and forums, exhibitions and displays, and a children’s zone. Friday is a dedicated schools and library day, with a committed and carefully crafted literary programme for learners and educators.
The SABF 2015 will enjoy a comprehensive marketing and publicity campaign, online, radio, print and outdoor media, website social media, before, during and after the event.
The wide appeal and importance of this fair has prompted a decision to alternate between Johannesburg and Cape Town – an innovative move that will ensure that SABF has the greatest impact on South African readers and also becomes entrenched as a major book event on the African continent.
The Fair hopes to offer, among others, a children’s zone, a poetry slam, and three breakaways rooms with around 40 diverse sessions – from serious discussion around topical issues and current affairs to fun chats with authors and local celebrities.
Through events, exhibits, readings and debates, we hope to make books and words come to life, and we hope you will join us.