Event: South African Book Fair 2018 (7th–9th September, Johannesburg)

Join, share and celebrate #OURSTORIES

at the

South African Book Fair 2018

Newtown Precinct, Johannesburg
7–9 September

Meet experts from the book publishing industry ready to assist with learning, teaching support materials, of the best research from university presses, plus an array of books for all ages. Enjoy a wealth of literature for leisure and knowledge, as well as personal and spiritual development at this year’s South African Book Fair.

Featuring a host of newcomers, well-known local writers and journalists engaged in inspiring discussions and fiery debates on current issues, politics, publishing, African superheroes, literature, African philosophy and more.

A programme of events can be found here: SABF 2018 Programme

The Keorapetse Kgositsile Poetry Café, a pop-up poetry platform, will captivate you with interweaving verse, image, story, performance and song while the Author’s Corner will offer support to aspirant writers. Children will be entertained by storytellers in the Magic Tent and a delightful production of The Little Prince will run daily at the Market Theatre. Entrance to the book industry exhibition, magic tent and poetry café are free!

Tickets for the SABF 2018 Programme are available on Webtickets


Image courtesy of SA Book Fair


About the South African Book Fair

The SABF is the culmination of South Africa’s National Book Week and is celebrated annually in the first week of September.

Providing a unique opportunity for promotion and trade, the South African Book Fair is made up of key elements including an Exhibition, a Literary Festival, a children’s programme, a story festival and more.

The SABF is an opportunity for the book publishing industry to brand and position itself as a relevant, inclusive and important part of South Africa and Africa’s development.

With a focus on providing a strong platform for the book industry, the South African Book Fair has the following broad objectives:

  • Forge and promote partnerships across the industry, both locally and continentally
  • Showcase books, authors and industry in general
  • SMME and Entrepreneurial development
  • Enterprise and Skills development across the value chain
  • Lively, captivating literary festival
  • Promote a reading culture and increase access to books

Image courtesy of SA Book Fair


Moving away from cookie-cutter exhibition solutions, and static one-venue fairs, the SABF design team is focusing on bringing our passion and devotion for books to life in a variety of beautiful, authentic spaces across Joburg’s Newtown Precinct.

While the combination of urban-industrial, heritage and modern architectural spaces is an experience in its own right, we will also be bringing into the space a unique flow and feel, startling decorative touches and distinctive SABF branding.

From exhibition stands with giant printed bookmarks for signage to our bold and colourful decorative elements which include flying books we will be transforming the exhibition space into a contemporary social hub.

Books enable our minds to travel to new places, and we hope that our unique approach to the design of the 2018 Book Fair experience will leave all our young-at-heart visitors equally transported, delighted and inspired.

The Fair will once again be hosted from 7 to 9 September by the South African Book Development Council (SABDC); and will once again be a key feature of the Council’s established and successful annual National Book Week, which will take place all over the country between 3 and 9 September 2018.

courtesy sabookdevelopmentcouncil

Image courtesy of SABDC

Going forward, the broad vision of the SABF is to become ever more relevant, inclusive and diverse. As the country’s national book fair, this event has to be truly South African and African; and to reflect the diversity of our continent.

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