Legendary storyteller to grace festival

2015-09-17 06:00
Gcina Mhlope will be telling stories at the Hilton Arts Festival on Saturday. 
PHOTO: file

Gcina Mhlope will be telling stories at the Hilton Arts Festival on Saturday. PHOTO: file

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

LEGENDARY South African actor, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author Nokugcina Elsie Mhlophe - better known as Gcina­ - will be telling stories at the Hilton Arts Festival on Saturday at noon, all for free.

Storytelling is traditional in Africa and Mhlophe is one of the few internationally accomplished female storytellers.

She credits her storytelling ability to her grandmother, who brought her up in Durban.

“My grandmother taught me everything about telling stories. When I was growing up, half the children in our neighbourhood would come and spend the evening at home so that they could listen to izingane- kwane [tales].”

She does her most important work through compelling performances, working to preserve storytelling as a means of keeping history alive and encouraging South African children to read.

The exhibition, in the Grindrod Bank Theatre foyer by Brent Dodd and Ed Schroeder, is linked to Gcina’s Memory House project due to open in Durban soon.

In March, the trio collaborated to stage an exhibition and this project has evolved from that.

Mhlophe will be telling stories in the lecture room next to the Grindrod Bank Theatre. At the same time, Dodd will paint a portrait of her, which will be auctioned and dunds raised will go to the Memory House, where South Africans can tell their stories.

An exhibition of the Memory House will be on in the Grindrod Theatre foyer. For more information, visit www.hilton festival.co.za - Supplied

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.