Book launch: Soweto

Jacana Media invites you to join the Jacana Jamboree at the launch of:

Soweto by Jodie Bieber

Acclaimed home-grown photographer, Jodi Bieber, has created an open-ended essay which is a celebration and a portrait of life in Soweto today.

The importance of Soweto in the collective consciousness is hard to overstate. It registers as a place born of resistance, perhaps even embodying the South African struggle for freedom. But the birth of Kwaito is attributed to Soweto too. And beyond the grand narratives, there is, and always was, a proliferation of dancing, art and fashion in this place defined by its energy and cosmopolitan nature. Labelling and un-labelling, claiming and discarding, Sowetans have created Soweto anew. This is a phenomenon that is celebrated in this photographic publication, which contemplates daily lived realities, where here, as elsewhere, South Africans are continually reinventing themselves and their urban space.

Jodi will be in conversation with Ismail Farouk, an artist and urban geographer. His work explores creative responses to racial, social, political and economic justice. He is currently employed as a researcher at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town.

Wine and snacks will be served.

Date: Thursday 29 July

Time: 17h30 for 18h00

Venue: Lobby Books, 6 Spin Street, Cape Town

Speakers: Jodi Bieber in conversation with Ismail Farouk

RSVP: 021 467 7606;; or book on

This is a Jacana Media, Book Lounge, Cape Times and Equal Education initiave.

Please bring high quality children’s and young adults’ books, in good condition, to donate to Equal Education’s book drive for school libraries. 10% of all Jacana Books sold at the event will also go to Equal Education for their library book drive.


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