SA and global artists come out to play during Art Week Joburg 2016.

Johannesburg’s art spaces will pulse with activity from 1 to 7 September 2016, when Art Week Joburg celebrates the city’s vibrant and eclectic contemporary art scene.

Supported by the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) and the Contemporary Art Development Trust (CADT), this festival will see the city’s art spaces – galleries, project spaces, arts organisations, museums and training institutions – laying out the welcome mat for Joburg art lovers in the first week of spring.

Says VANSA Director Molemo Moiloa: “Art Week Joburg creates a hub of activity and excitement for a weeklong celebration of contemporary arts in the city, while creating an accessible environment for viewing and buying artworks.”

Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to experience the city’s diverse artistic hubs, including some hidden artistic gems, thanks to shuttles that will whisk them between the participating venues.

Art Week Joburg 2016(modelled on a similar initiative in Cape Town) seeks to showcase Joburg’s multifaceted and innovative art scene, while increasing its visibility and developing new audiences.

Among the highlights is Ghanaian hip-hop duo FOKN Bois, who will be performing at the festival’s opening party at King Kong in New Doornfontein on Friday, 2 September. They will also be presenting their celebrated film Coz ov Moni (dubbed “the world’s first pidgin musical”), directed by King Luu, at Afrikan Freedom Station in Westdene on Monday, 5 September.

Regarded as being on the cutting edge of satirical African hip-hop in their commentary on the realities of modern Ghanaian life, FOKN Bois describe their politically-charged style of music as “gospel porn Christian rap”.

Another must-see event on the Art Week Joburg menu involves painting with light and sound. Juta and Henri streets in Braamfontein will literally light up with the Alight-Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival Street Party from 6pm on Thursday, 1 September. This massive street event will feature dazzling light sculptures, architectural light installations, light-based games, projection mapping and music.

A collaboration between the Fak’ugesi Festival, Between10and5 and Create Africa’s Future Sounds, this collaborative project with The Constitute, a German interactive arts group, will bring together top South African electronic and hip-hop musicians as well as technologists to create a mind-blowing, technology-enhanced performance.

During the festival, the Market Photo Workshop will be showcasing the photographs of anti-apartheid photographers Benny Gool, Zubeida Vallie and Adil Bradlow in a group exhibition titled Martyrs, Saints and Sell-outs.

From the early 1980s, these young photographers and friends were to be found with their cameras documenting apartheid South Africa, dodging security police, taking part in protests and being detained on several occasions.

A programme booklet containing more detailed information will be available online and at all host venues from 1 August 2016.

Art Week Joburg 2016 is an initiative of CADT and VANSA. It is made possible by the support of Africalia ( and the Arts Collabatory (

For more information, visit the VANSA website ( or email, or visit