Media Release: The Fifth Ungasali International Annual Storytelling Festival Takes Place at Freedom Park on 10 March 2018

Media Release

 

05 February 2018

For Immediate Release

The Fifth Ungasali International Annual Storytelling Festival Takes Place at Freedom Park on 10 March 2018

 

More than 11 storytellers including international storytellers from other African States are expected to participate in the festival. The festival will be preceded by activities in which storytelling is taken to the people in communities and establishments. Storytellers will conduct workshops and performances in and for Early Childhood Development Practitioners, Teachers, at schools, at Elderly Homes and at Leeuwkop Prison. “Storytelling has a therapeutic effect on listeners” says Bongiswa Kotta- Ramushwana, a storyteller at Freedom Park.

The festival aims to contribute to the basic education curriculum by offering educators skills on teaching through storytelling; educate the public about history and art, showcase storytelling talent, identify new talents in storytelling, demonstrate to local communities the opportunities for job creation through storytelling, explain spirituality of storytelling which can be used as a foundation for social development and cohesion in the future.

The theme for this year’s festival is “Stories Move Us Forward”.  As South Africa commemorates the Nelson Mandela’s Centenary, the storytelling festival could not have come at a better time, as Mandela envisioned Freedom Park and is Freedom Park’s Patron in Chief.  Most of Freedom Park’s 2018 major activities, such as this annual storytelling festival will be dedicated to him. The majority of stories to be performed at the festival, will focus on stories that promote cooperation and building a better future for all.

An audience of about 1500, comprising of academics, students, educators, ambassadors, learners, artists, and the general public are expected to attend. The audience will include the blind and deaf learners, who will be entertained by sign language storytellers. The event will commence with interfaith prayers, a carnival which will include, stills, face painters, clowns, balloon sculpting drummers, traditional dancers and conclude with storytelling performances at various venues within Freedom Park precinct.

Program

05 March 2018 – Storytelling Workshop:            

Early Childhood Development Forum                                                                   

City of Tshwane Offices 

Komane Street, Attridgeville.

10h00-13h00

Contact Person: Yvette - 073 558 0442       

 

06 March 2018 – Storytelling Workshop:

Tshwane West District 15

Odi Community Hall

14h00 – 16h00

Contact Person: Marjorie – 082 704 2483

 

07 March 2018 – Outreach Performance:

Ikageng Services Centre                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mamelodi East

10h00 - 13h00

Contact Person: Justinus - 078 411 1308

 

08 March 2018 – Outreach Performance:

Leeuwkop Correctional Services

Randburg

10h00 – 12h00

Contact Person: Sanku – 073 177 4776

 

09 March 2018 – Outreach Performance:          

Morula View Primary School

Mabopane

09h00 – 13h00

Contact Person: Ms Mdlalose – 076 909 7107

 

10 March 2018 – Freedom Park (Pretoria)

Interfaith Prayer

Carnival Walk

Storytelling Performance

                                                                                   

NB: Members of the media who are interested in joining the storytelling outreach activities to prison are advised to confirm their attendance.

  

Details of the   Event are as follows:

    

Date; 10 March 2018

Time: 8h00

Venue: Freedom Park, Pretoria

 

Enquiries:

 

Naomi Madima

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012 336 4006/ 060 961 3851

 

Nomusa Mdlalose

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012 336 4073/076 909 7107

 

Bongiswa Kotta-Ramushwana

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