The Jozi Book Fair is held over four days in September, from Thursday to Sunday, and is organised around the JBF’s work with its constituencies and the public throughout the year. Since 2009 the Fair has expanded beyond a focus on books, to link up with all art forms and to relate these to ‘the word’.

  • Exhibitions of between 50 and 60 NGOs, publishers, libraries and bookshops;
  • A dedicated schools programme over two days (Thursday& Friday);
  • Skills Training Workshops for youth and adults (Thursday & Friday);
  • A dedicated children’s programme over two days (Saturday & Sunday);
  • A programme of seminars, roundtable discussions and public lectures featuring fiction and non-fiction writers from South Africa, Africa, and internationally; Book launches, conversations with writers, and art and literature exhibitions;
  • A film festival of screenings and discussions;
  • Theatre and Live Jazz;
  • A networking space for small publishers;
  • A discussion forum of book clubs, reading circles, especially youth from townships in South Africa; and
  • A space for local writers to interact with writers from Africa and the world.

Khanya College hosted the first edition of the Fair in 2009 and since then the concept of both the Jozi Book Fair (JBF) project and the annual event has grown. In 2009 and for the first few years, the JBF was an annual book fair event with some seminars and book launches held during the year.

By 2017 the JBF project has grown and runs activities with key constituencies like
children and school youth, to create readers and writers throughout the year. The annual book fair has become an educational and cultural festival in which 50% of events are hosted by the public. The various constituencies of the JBF showcase their work at the annual event.


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