Dr Sarahleigh Castelyn, Reader in Performing Arts at the School of Arts and Creative Industries contributed a section to Archiving History and Memory: 25 Years of the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience about the festival’s overseas collaborations.
JOMBA! has a long history of international performers taking part, with dancers and dance companies coming from countries including the UK, Nigeria, Reunion, USA, Netherlands, Senegal, India, Mozambique and Finland.
The artistic director of JOMBA!, Dr Lliane Loots, said the book’s publication was especially significant as a way of making sure African creative history was not forgotten. She said,
This book is offered as an archival project that holds an activist agenda and fights for carefully and methodically curated creative African histories to be remembered and honoured.”
The book features a photographic essay of carefully selected festival images taken over the years by award-winning photographer Val Adamson, who has documented the festival from its very beginning. The book’s editor, Ballantyne Webber said, “We have tried through the photographic and editorial content to celebrate the 25-year journey, showcasing its rich history and the incredible archive of the South African dance landscape.”