We are proud to launch Jean Archary 's debut kiddies book at our event this year!
2016 SAIR event is going to burst with local talent all in aid of our
1000 book pledge donation for the Pavement Bookworm Foundation.
Our event will see local authors, musicians, bloggers and their readers come together in hopes of raising the funds and books to back up our 1000 book pledge donation for the underprivileged kids in Johannesburg
We have a spectacular line up of guest authors, publishers and the founder of the Pavement bookworm foundation sharing their book journeys with us and giving rise to encouraging reading and writing to our youth.
We encourage our guest to take this evening as a career building opportunity by networking and building contacts with others in our local publishing industry. Because together we are creating a legacy for our children, for our Country for ourselves.
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Philani Dadla better known as The Pavement Bookworm will be our honored guest for the evening. As the founder of Help Build a library in South Africa it only made sense to collaborate with this phenomenal young man who's life story and big heart has taken the reading world by storm.
1000 Books by November 2016
Who is the Pavement bookworm?
Philani Dladla is a well-known feature of Joburg's streets. The Pavement Bookworm reads books and gives reviews to passers-by. If they like the review, they buy the book. This way, he pays rent and buys food. But his bigger goal is promoting literacy among children. Read more:
OUR STAR GUEST
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Our star performer for the evening
While in South Africa, Hana joined the Barnyard Theatres as their first choice violinist performing in shows like Broadway Rocks, Route 66, and Roll Over Beethoven. She has traveled with this group to the Seychelles, and Dubai.
She is a regular visitor to Tanzania as a violinist in several corporate functions.
Hana is currently a member of the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and free lances with several others such as the JPO and JMI. She has traveled to the Kruger National Park and Mozambique most recently with the JFO.
SAIR 2016 honored guest Philani Dladla
"Philani seems unfazed by his own living conditions, he only wants to tell the world how great it is to read."
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Hana moved to South Africa in 2007 after living in London for a period of time. Hana was born in Virginia, USA and has been playing the violin since the age of 11, studying primarily with Cindy Finks, of the National Symphony Orchestra. As a youth, she played with the American Youth Philharmonic under the direction of Luiz Haza and participated in master classes under the direction of Benjamin Zander and Leonard Slatkin. She was also given a prestigious placement with the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program where she was afforded the opportunity to perform several times on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and learn from artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, and Hilary Hahn. After graduating high school she gained scholarships to study at James Madison University and the Royal College of Music in London. Through free lance work, Hana has also played with the Manasses Ballet Company, The Prince William Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Symphony Orchestra and several others.