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Time to tell that gripping story

By unknown | Aug 29, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

The Annual Sibikwa Storytelling Festival, which has given story tellers a chance to shine, is back.

Presented by Sibikwa Arts Centre, Benoni, the festival will take place from September 5 to 8.

The festival's line-up includes acclaimed storyteller Gcina Mhlophe. Mhlophe has published a number of children's books.

Another exciting addition to the spectacular event is sculptor Philip Rikhotso whose works have received international accolades.

Rikhotso, a 2005 recipient of the Brett Kebble Art Award, will be sharing his skills with the youth on September 5 and 6. The Limpopo-based artist will also get a chance to demonstrate his carving techniques.

His daughter, Alice, a storyteller, will explain stories that provided her with the inspiration for many of her works.

A play that portrays Rikhotso's life, House of Zombies, will be performed at the festival. There will also be a performance by Imbumba.

Imbumba will bring traditional African animal stories to life through exciting storytelling, interactive theatre and music on September 5.

Smal Ndaba, one of the cofounders of Sibikwa, says: "The youth don't have the base for a good conscience and often find themselves being involved in crime and infected with HIV."

He said: "Ancestors told stories not only to entertain, but also to set a grounding for values, morals and guidance. Storytelling offers our children hope, advice and guidance in the scary world."

Tickets are R15 and are available at the door.


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