One City One Book celebrates Museum Day

2018-06-21 06:02
PHOTO: SUPPLIEDAt the world museum day are Thevan Harry (left) and Tebogo Mzizi.

PHOTO: SUPPLIEDAt the world museum day are Thevan Harry (left) and Tebogo Mzizi.

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THE Thekwini Municipality’s One City One Book programme is a landmark event that celebrates the literary works of eThekwini-based literary artists. The programme is based on eThekwini’s ingrained belief that a literate society is an empowered society.

On May 17, the World Museum Day, in keeping with its innovative approach to programme delivery, the One City One Book project took its next definitive step towards elevating the written word to the fine arts. The Durban City Hall Art Gallery played host to the very first depiction of the written word in paint.

Twenty-five fine arts students of the eThekwini College were honoured with their paintings adorning gallery four in an exhibition that is to be on display for the next five weeks.

The 25 original pieces were inspired by Dr Bhoowan Singh’s novel, When The Chalk Is Down – An Odyssey. One of the artists in attendance had come in from as far as Pongola, reflecting exactly how important this initiative is for budding artists who have thus been introduced to the world through such an acknowledgement.

Senior manager at eThekwini Library Services Tebogo Mzizi articulated her happiness at the success of such a bold initiative by her department and the municipality. Mzizi said they went to great lengths to indicate the combined appreciation to the artists, eThekwini College Fine Arts Department, her team leads of Thevan Harry and Thulani Makhaye, for the excellent work done with such innovation, which provided impetus to the municipality’s being chosen as the Unesco City of Literature for 2018.

Head of Parks, Recreation and Culture unit Thembinkosi Ngcobo said: “The promotion of literacy and the arts is a critical mandate of the eThekwini Municipality.” Ngcobo said he was touched by the fact that they have provided a platform for the 25 South African artists hailing from eThekwini Municipality.

Ngcobo said: “Our acknowledgement of their original pieces will be truly realised when their work takes centre stage on the global arena, and for posterity,” he said.

“I must also laud Singh for the nature and content of his novel, more so since it has been a catalyst to these artists, as well as to the next level of added value to the One City One Book project. It is our intention to continue to evolve in like manner,” Ngcobo added.

Singh indicated that he was humbled and touched that his work had been acknowledged in such a manner.

Singh said: “There have been a number of firsts attributed to this piece [the novel], and the fact that I have been able to, albeit in a small way, contribute towards exposing the world to our South African talent is invaluable to me.

“Their journeys have just begun .”

For further information visit www.whenthechalkisdown.com.

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