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Sibikwa Arts Centre ‘Stories Without Borders’ Storytelling Festival


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Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company

Sibikwa Arts Centre ‘Stories Without Borders’ Storytelling Festival

Sibikwa Arts Centre at 13 Liverpool Rd, Benoni
Saturday 10–23 September

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Get ready to wax lyrical next month at the Sibikwa Arts Centre ‘Stories Without Borders’ Storytelling Festival. The festival, starting on Saturday 10 September, is a fine time to loosen those lips and be immersed in all things to do with the gift of the gab.

In the fog of meaningless computer jargon and text messaging that we and our children have grown so accustomed to, the festival will highlight the important role of the ancient tradition of storytelling – the lifeblood of every culture. Storytellers including South African writer and performer Gcina Mhlope and other local and regional storytellers will bring to life local classics as well as stories from other countries.

Gcina Mhlophe

If you have a voice and would like to be heard the Sibikwa “Stories Without Borders” Storytelling Competition will have a slot for you. So book yourself a platform at South Africa's very own “Storytellers Corner”, where you can tell YOUR own story, entertain the throngs and also win amazing cash prizes worth over R3 000!!

The varied and exciting programme will serve as a reminder in these modern times that the art of storytelling is still alive and kicking and not a dead art form. In addition to the storytelling, plays, musicals and workshops will keep young and old enthralled.

The Sibikwa ‘Stories without Borders’ Storytelling Festival takes place from 10 to 23 September 2011. It consists of three parts;

1. Intimate Storytelling and Whiskey Tasting Evening:

The festival gets under way on Saturday 10 September 2011 at the Voodoo Lounge in Linksfield. The guest speaker is renowned sexologist Dr Elna Mackintosh. You've heard her on Kaya; now courtesy of Sibikwa Arts Centre you can see her in the flesh. Advance Tickets R130 including a welcome drink, a choice of three whisky tastings; delicious snack platter and a free ‘aphrodisiac’ night cap.

Phone 011 422 2132/ 011 422 4359 or email Tonderai@sibikwa.co.za to book your tickets.

2. Sibikwa Arts Centre ‘Stories Without Borders’ Storytelling Festival:

The main festival takes place from Saturday 17 to Tuesday 20 September 2011 at the Sibikwa Arts Centre at 13 Liverpool Rd, Benoni. The event sees a jam – packed line – up for the young and old. Highlights include:

  • A storytelling competition open to those 15 years and older, where there are lots of csh prixes over R3 000 to be won!! Gcina Mhlope will be the Guest Adjudictor as well a aurprise TV celebrity. Entry is ony R25. Call Tonderai for entry forms and more information.

  • A storytelling afternoon with South African storyteller Gcina Mhlope. Mhlope will also be the guest judge at a storytelling competition, in which cash prizes worth more than R3 000 will be awarded.

  • “Kwela Bafana”, a musical story bringing to life the sights and sounds of South Africa in the 50s, directed by Sibikwa Arts Centre founders Phyllis Klotz and Smal Ndaba, with musical direction by Themba Mkhize and choreography by Todd Twala;

  • The award – winning “Door”, a play of stories and dreams, presented by Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company; and

  • African storytellers afternoon with Theogene Niwenshitu (Rwanda), Paulo Xavier Zunguene (Mozambique) and Krista Komba (Tanzania).
Theogene Niwenshitu (Rwanda)

A programme for crèches and schools will run on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th September 2011. Highlights include:

  • A performance by Sibikwa Arts African Indigenous Orchestra;

  • “Jump”, an interactive, spontaneous and playful workshop for teachers by Clowns Without Borders.

  • Local favourite stories told by professional storytellers as well as stories and songs from faraway places;

  • Fun time – face painting, jumping castle, candy floss and clowns;

  • “The Land of the Cranes”, an adventure into the African Serengeti presented by Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company;

  • “Tlou, The Elephant Story”, an story about the life of a young African elephant, presented by Bontekanye Botumile from Botswana;

  • Open mic slots, a chance for you to tell your story;

  • A Teachers' workshop on the power and importance of play and the use of drama as an effective teaching tool by Ubom!Eastern Cape Drama Company.

3. Sibikwa Arts Centre Mpumalanga Schools’ ‘Stories Without Borders’ Storytelling Festival, KwaMhlanga

The Mpumalanga Schools' Festival and Competition takes place on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 September 2011.

Highlights include performances by Clowns Without Borders and Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company, and the opportunity for the young, upcoming and aspiring storytellers to tell their stories and win great cash prizes.

Call 011 422 2132 / 011 422 4359 or email Tonderai@sibikwa.co.za for entry forms, more details.