2022 JOMBA! Khuluma Digital

2022 JOMBA! Khuluma Digital "the (im)possibility of home" is available for you to download here:
2018 JOMBA! 'Blank' by Kristi-Leigh Gresse - Photo by Val Adamson

In 2010 the inaugural JOMBA! Khuluma Writing Residency was hosted under the mentorship of veteran South African dance writer and journalist, Adrienne Sichel.  In 2015, Clare Craighead joined Sichel as co-host, and has subsequently taken on the duties of hosting, administering and delivering the platform on behalf of JOMBA! 


The aim of the residency is to provide graduate students studying dance the opportunity to grow their skills as dance writers, while also experiencing the rigours of working as a festival journalist. Initially these students were drawn from UKZN’s Drama and Performance Studies Programme, but in 2020 in conjunction with our first fully digital festival, we welcomed a broader student cohort including international guests from USA and the UK, expanding again in 2021 to include our first student cohort from the UAE.  2023 sees us shift gears once again, as we move back into a fully live festival with some digital spaces. The Khuluma platform thus continues with a hybrid format. 


The Khuluma runs as a series of seminars and critical discussions, that engage our young writers in the mechanics and ethics of reviewing, and our growing international cohort also enables rich cross-cultural engagement.  Craighead is joined by international collaborators including UKZN and JOMBA! alumni Dr Sarahleigh Castelyn from the School of Arts and Creative Industries, University of East London (UK) and inaugural Khuluma Writing Residency participant and now Artistic Director of UAE-Based arts collaborative “The Co|laboratory”, Lauren Noble.  We also welcome back our long-time Khuluma contributor and co-facilitator Tammy Ballantyne from The Ar(t)chive (WITS School of the Arts), alongside some guest writers who have participated in our Khuluma platform in previous years.  


Our JOMBA! Khuluma continues to promote a dual language delivery with both English and isiZulu.


2021 JOMBA! Khuluma Digital

2021 JOMBA! Khuluma Digital "BORDER CROSSINGS" is available for you to download here:

2020 JOMBA! Khuluma Digital

2020 JOMBA! Khuluma Digital "DANCING DIGITALLY" is available for you to download here:

2019 JOMBA! Khuluma Digital

2019 JOMBA! Khuluma Digital "ISINTU SETHU" is available for you to download here:

2018 JOMBA! Khuluma Digital

2018 JOMBA! Khuluma Digital "LEGACY" is available for you to download here:

2017 JOMBA! Khuluma Digital

2017 JOMBA! Khuluma Digital "DANCING AGAINST FORGETTING" is available for you to download here:

2016 JOMBA! Khuluma Digital

2016 JOMBA! Khuluma Digital "DECOLONISING THE (DISEMBODIED) BODY" is available for you to download here: