The Weekend Guide
Open Book Festival: This annual literary event celebrates South African writers and aims to deepen interest in reading these books. Hosted by The Book Lounge and The Fugard Theatre, the festival includes book launches, panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses, readings and performances at venues in Cape Town.
Details: The eighth Open Book Festival runs until September 9 at The Fugard Theatre on the corner of Caledon and Lower Buitenkant streets,the District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre at 15A Buitenkant Street, and The Book Lounge on the corner of Buitenkant and Roeland streets from 10am to 9pm each day.
For the full programme and information about tickets, visit openbookfestival.co.za
Wakpon: Alliance Française du Cap, with the Fondation Zinsou, is holding an interactive art exhibition using an app that enables people to visit a museum in Benin and see the works of 10 contemporary artists in the Ouidah Museum of History’s collection. The exhibition was created to facilitate universal recognition of contemporary African art. Details: The exhibition runs until September 28 at Alliance Française du Cap, 155 Loop Street, Cape Town. Please download the free Wakpon app to your device before coming; it is available from the App Store and the Play Store. For more information visit alliance.org.za
Dibuka Library Festival: Dibuka is a multimedia library focusing on France and contemporary Francophone culture. This year the library turns 15. To celebrate this, Dibuka will host various workshops, screenings, storytelling sessions for children, bookmaking, animation and comic strips. Details: The festival runs until September 29 at the Dibuka library, 17 Lower Park Drive, Parkview. Tickets cost R50 a person and are available from webtickets.co.za. For more information about the programme visitifas.org.za
FNB Joburg Art Fair: The annual fair takes place this weekend and focuses on contemporary art from the continent. More than 60 galleries are participating. There will also be talks, screenings and performances. Details: The fair runs from September 6 to 9 at the Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg. Tickets are R150 and R25 for a weekend pass. For more information and to buy tickets visit fnbjoburgartfair.co.za
FNB Joburg Art Fair Talks Programme: This year’s talks programme, curated by Kabelo Malatsie, sees art practitioners tackling the question “Who’s it for” in a manner that seeks to instigate the discussions beyond the three day fair. Topics range from the role of collectors in art practice, music as a living archive, museology, discourse outside mainstream narratives, and an Art21 Film Premiere. People in discussion will include the likes of Emile Stipp, Molemo Moiloa, Neo Muyanga, Billie Zangewa and editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Rebecca Proctor. Details: The talks programme will take place on September 8 at the Auto & General Theater, Nelson Mandela Square, Corner Sandton Drive and Rivonia Road, Sandton, 2196. Admission is free and no reservations are required.