On the occasion of the launch of the foundation, JCAF presented a curated intellectual, artistic and culinary programme that included: a screening of the film ‘Reassemblage’ (1982) by Trinh T Minh Ha, a culinary collaboration between Head Chef Daniel Payne from the Four Seasons and artist Nandipha Mntambo, and the inaugural Lecture from the Global South presented by Arjun Appadurai.

Eighty-five guests, including academics, representatives of the diplomatic community, members of the creative industries, business, tech entrepreneurs and press, attended the event.

Molemo Moiloa welcomed guests as MC for the evening. Executive Director Clive Kellner introduced the foundation and its vision to guests. Professor Achille Mbembe has been a close associate of Professor Appadurai for many years and introduced him on the evening. Thereafter Professor Appadurai presented his lecture ‘The Planet, the Universe and the Museum: Territories of the Imperial Imagination’.