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Folklore Festival 2024 FRINGE JHB: ORAL TRADITIONS w/ GCINA MHLOPHE & POETRY by VANGILE GANTSHO & MoAFRIKA wa MOKGATHI

Fri Aug 30, 19:00 - Fri Aug 30, 23:30

Workshop 17 The Bank

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Folklore Festival returns in 2024 for its third edition with a rich lineup of storytellers as the community comes together again to share in our culture and heritage.


Join the inter-generational  conversation on our creative platform #WeTheFolk for 30 days of Contemplating 30 years of Freedom in 3 Cities on 30 August 2024 at Workshop17 The Bank | Rosebank with the oracle MAM’ GCINA MHLOPHE for an Oral Traditions offering, supported by Spoken Word with the acclaimed wordsmith, vangile gantsho and the multifaceted artist, MOAFRIKA WA MOKGATHI.


Dr Gcina Mhlophe is an author, storyteller and founding director of Gcinamasiko Arts & Heritage Trust. Her works have been translated into many languages, including all official South African languages, kiSwahili, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and even Braille. She has directed her theatre plays in USA, UK and Greenland, her most widely known and studied theatre text being "Have You Seen Zandile?". Her poetry has been reinterpreted into dance and classical music. She has recently edited and self-published the “Our Storytelling Tree: A South African Storytellers Directory” book under GAHT and it is the first of its kind in archiving 38 of the storytellers currently working in South Africa. Seven Universities both in South Africa and internationally have awarded her with honorary doctorates for her literary work and contribution to intangible heritage through storytelling. 


vangile gantsho is healer, poet and co-founder of impepho press. She is the author of two poetry collections: red cotton (2018) and Undressing in Front of the Window (2015). She holds an MA, with distinction, from the University Currently Known as Rhodes (2016) and is a graduate of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Academy (Pioneer Class). She was named one of Mail& Guardian’s 2018 Top Young 200 South Africans. Her poetry has been published in various literary publications, including Years of Fire and Ash – South African Poems of Decolonisation (2021) New Daughters of Africa (2019), The Atlanta Review (2018), and her collection, red cotton, was named City Press Top Poetry Read of 2018, and long-listed for the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences 2020 Award.


MoAfrika wa Mokgathi is a South African based multi-faceted artist, who is a writer, poet performer, Cultural strategist, a serial civil leader, an award winning radio Presenter-Producer and cultural worker recognised by the Mail & Guardian Top Young 200 South Africans (2020) amongst many in her talent hat. known for her Sepedi pen, her fusion of the language with English and blend of Jazz, soul and kiba rhythms with her deep sassy vocals. This creative powerhouse extends beyond the stage. Co-curating Nobel Peace Prize Week (Stockholm 2022), EUNIC spaces of culture: Right to speak project lead by Goethe Institute (JHB 2022); and is co-founder and co-curator of the South African Saxophone Symposium & Awards (2020). She has co-founded organizations like Hear My Voice NPO, and The South African Poets Guld NPO. 


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Folklore Festival 2024 FRINGE JHB: ORAL TRADITIONS w/ GCINA MHLOPHE & POETRY by VANGILE GANTSHO & MoAFRIKA wa MOKGATHI
Workshop 17 The Bank
Tyrwhitt Ave & Cradock Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196
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