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Folklore Festival 2024 FRINGE GAUTENG: ALL ACCESS PASS

Wed Aug 7, 15:00 - Wed Aug 7, 23:00

Event is online

ABOUT

THE FOLKLORE FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR A THIRD EDITION WITH A DIVERSE LINE - UP OF STORYTELLERS ACROSS SERIES OF FRINGE SHOWS


It is time for this community to come together again to share in our culture and heritage, to have those resonant conversations, to hold space for diversity and inclusivity, and to contribute to nation-building. 


In the theme of this year’s biggest conversation for the greater South African audience; we too are contemplating 30 years of Freedom as we launch our creative platform for the year 2024: #WETHEFOLK. What you can expect is a rich line-up of artivists and storytellers: from authors, filmmakers, thespians, and oral traditionalists, to poets and musicians.


On the road to the Folklore Festival Main Stage, the Folklore Community presents:

The Folklore Fringe Festival over 30 days, in three Cities in the spirit of  30 years of Freedom Expressions. Curated by Indelible Storyteller, founder and director of the Folklore Community: Pilani Bubu. Supported by the Department of Sports Arts and Culture, and Co-hosted with our venue partner: Workshop17.


“Our goal this year is to build and grow our community by creating intimate bonding moments both in our ‘folklore fireside’ and ‘folklore for kids’ event formats. Giving deeper focus to the multiple disciplines of art presented at our festival. As well as deepening the impact, intention, and meaningful work presented by our storytellers and collaborators. Our main festival will come as a finale and a celebration of the work we have done and the community we have invested in.  

– said Pilani Bubu | Festival Director


As a flexible workspace solution, Workshop17 not only supports the benefits of shared resources but also promotes the importance of community by fostering meaningful relationships both professionally and culturally. For us, being the venue partner for the Folklore Fringe Festival,  #WETHEFOLK roots Workshop17 as integral to the sustainability of culture, creativity and community through the sharing of knowledge and experience.

- Claudia Bentel Workshop17 Art Curator


The main Folklore Festival will be held on the 14th of September at the Women’s Jail at Constitutional Hill. We believe this is the perfect venue to reflect on this year’s theme and greater conversation.


As the Folklore Community, we are committed to creating family-friendly events and dedicating moments for inter-generational dialogue. We are steadfast in pursuing our mission to share, capture, preserve, and archive all that is our Folklore.


By Definition Folklore: is the expressive body of culture shared by a particular group of people, inclusive of the traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth. Inclusive of  tales, sayings, dances,  proverbs, jokes and diverse art forms


Mark your calendars! Come support your favourite storytellers or discover and learn something new.


The Folklore Fringe Festival  - All Access Pass for Gauteng is available at a members fees of R2000 once off. This gives you access to all our Fringe Events (excluding the Main Festival) and this community member Golden Ticket Card, is transferable between friends and family, for different events.


https://www.quicket.co.za/organisers/44025-folklore-community


Tickets are available on the Quicket link from R200 for kids to R250 for adults. 


General inquiries contact: [email protected] 

Press contact: Azania Public [email protected] 

Production and Market Vendors : Palesa Morabe [email protected]



PROGRAMMING:


WEEK 1: THE LAUNCH


#WeTheFolk Launch: 7 August. Workshop 17: The Bank, Johannesburg

Ft. PILANI BUBU & NICKY B


#WeTheFolk: Free Activation - 8 August. State Theatre, Pretoria

Folklore Festival presents the Folk& Poetry Stage in collaboration with Black Labone’s Earth Day.


#WeTheFolk: Women’s Day Edition – 9 August, St Lorient Gallery Pretoria

Folklore Festival presents a trilogy moment for Imbokodo: An art Exhibition, Women’s Book Fair with Busisekile Khumalo and Shafinaaz Hassim - Writing Women in the now. and live music with KATZTHESINGER, SPARTZMUSIC and PILANI BUBU.




WEEK 2: THEATRE & FOLK JAZZ


Folklore Festival presents SIYA MAKUZENI and ‘Remembering – iGAMA’ an interactive play by SLINDILE MTHEMBU


WEEK 3: ADULT BOOK FAIR & ALTERNATIVE FOLK


Folklore Festival presents DUMAMA and an adult book fair with BOOK CIRCLE CAPITAL featuring authors Janine Jellars and Zibuzethu Sithole – Themed, ‘Enter a generation of Young Women Writers’



WEEK 4: ORAL TRADITIONS, SPOKEN WORD & FOLKLORE FOR KIDS


Folklore Festival presents the oracle Mam’ GCINA MHLOPHE supported by VANGILE GANTSHO and MOAFRIKA WA MOKGATHI.


With a weekend of kids workshops with GCINA MHLOPHE, LOGAN & FRIENDS, and INDIGENOUS INSTRUMENTS WORKSHOP & PERFORMANCES 


WEEK 5: FOLKTALES, FILM SCREENINGS & FOLK SELECTORS

Folklore Festival presents the Folklore and FOLK TALES  and Archiving in the present workshop by MPUMI MAYISA supported by LITSHOMO


Marikana Unframed: a photo exhibition by FELIX DLANGAMANDLA Felix Dlangamandla opening on 16 August, marking the 12-year anniversary of the massacre followed by a close dinner talk on 6th September featuring performances from guest artists


As well as the documentary film screenings of SIFISO KHANYILE a Filmmaker/Archive Researcher/Vinyl DJ, showing: UPRIZE, A NEW COUNTRY, and BEHIND THE RAINBOW. Supported by DJ’s and Selectors: Mxolisi Makhubo and Vusi Hlatywayo 


WEEK 6: ADULT BOOK FAIR & ACOUSTIC FOLK 


Folklore Festival presents SIBUSILE XABA and a line-up of prolific South African authors: Mbuso Nkosi, Lebogang Seale and Fred Khumalo – themed ‘Our land our stories’


LINE UP FOR MAIN FESTIVAL on 14 SEPTEMBER

Artist Line Up Announcement on 14th July