Date: 16 November 2020
Title: Kwasuka Sukela: From The Roots
A two day festivity set Pietermaritzburg’s schools abuzz during Kwasuka Sukela: Roots of iMbali 2020 School Activations. Started off on Thursday at Phambili Primary School, at Lay Centre in Edendale and descended Eastwood Primary on Friday. We were honoured once more to feature our beloved Mother of Books, of Gcina Masiko Foundation and founder of Nozincwadi Storytelling Festival, Dr Gcina Mhlophe. At Eastwood, our legendary storyteller gave an Inspirational Educator Talk to the school teachers. Our talented family of artists provided great entertainment, inspiration and insight. These included Pretty & The Music, King James, Undivided Roots, Layla Lee, Xolisile Ngubane. We enjoyed the talent showcased by the learners but realized that there is indeed a gap for arts and culture based programmes in our local schools. Our theme: Vuka Uzithathe. It begins with you.
Looking at the current state with the global pandemic, we decided to refocus. So instead of inviting schools for a storytelling festival, we decided to approach schools and bring Kwasuka Sukela to them. With storytelling, poetry, music, dance, live performances and covid-centred soccer, we kept the young ones busy and engaged. We are grateful to our partners, Vuka Uzithathe and Winning in Your Zone who helped make this event a success.
Next up, we rope in the adults in our melting pot of artistry. We close of the year with our annual family fun day picnic event on Saturday 12 December from 10am until late, eNdishini Sports Ground. Entrance will be R50 and cooler boxes will be allowed.
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