FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
This year’s South African Book Fair is jam-packed with family-friendly activities that combines loads of fun with a deeply enriching experience.
Among the many family highlights is Stories of Africa, a multi-lingual story telling by activist and poet Gcina Mhlophe whose traditional tales of Africa deepen our understanding of history and encourages children to read. Also not to be missed is the acclaimed Dance of the Dung Beetleswhich sees scientist Marcus Byrne and writer Helen Lunn bring to life the mysterious lives of dung beetles through 3000 years of history and mythology.
Performances take place in the National Book Week Magic Tent, and toddlers to grandparents are welcome to join in a celebration of the affirmative power of books and reading that includes:
- An appearance by The Gruffalo, and a multilingual reading of Julia Donaldson’s engaging story.
- Illustrator Toby Newsome entertaining the young ones with Gogo’s List, the acclaimed Ghanaian children’s book.
- isiZulu storyteller Zanele Ndlovu bringing ancient tales to life through Umakhwenyana, accompanied by the strings of her indigenous music instruments.
- Yes Yanga! coming to life through a spirited sharing by the much adored Refiloe Moahloliof her latest children’s book, in English, isiXhosa and isiZulu.
- Experts in learning and teaching materials on hand in the Magic Tent, to share their insights with parents on what books to read for school – and fun!
- Appearances by Funda Bala, our delightful National Book Week reading awareness mascot.
An exciting focus on the role of visual storytelling can be experienced through:
- Our ongoing Illustrator’s Exhibition which features the work of children’s book illustrators Mogau Kekana and Toby Newsome and comic book illustrators Loyiso Mkize, Clyde Beech and Nathi Ngubane.
- Find Your SA Art Heroes: Renowned art expert Dr Cobi Labuschagne and designer Lauren Mulligan take youngsters on a journey of discovery through the world of contemporary South African art and artists, featuring the works of Mary Sibande, Zander Blom, Banele Khoza, Billie Zangewa and many more.
- Ready, Steady, DRAW! Children’s book illustrators Mogau Kekana, Toby Newsome and Qaps Mngadi, and comic book illustrators Nathi Ngubane, Loyiso Mkize and Clyde Beechdemonstrate their skills in a live drawing session
- Friday Schools Programme: Although schools are prioritised, there are also limited tickets available for parents and children to attend on this day.
- With plenty to eat and drink, easily accessible parking and public transport and more than 100 authors, poets, storytellers, creators and expert facilitators, the three-day event is not-to-be-missed for all families.
- Book your tickets now via Webtickets or purchase at the door! Daily admission tickets cost just R10, with children under 16 free.