Media Statement

On Friday 26th of October 2018, Valhalla Arts in partnership with the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation and the Gcinamasiko Arts & Heritage Trust, together with the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, coordinated the legendary Dr. Gcina Mhlophe’s 60th Birthday celebrations.

Dr. Mhlophe is a world icon and her contribution to the arts has been recognized throughout her illustrious career as a storyteller who has also worked on film, television and theatre. She is one of South Africa’s most cherished exports and has represented her country and its culture with distinction.

Authors, storytellers, poets, praise singers, municipality library services, booksellers and distributors were invited to this occasion which began with an Author’s Exhibition Day at the Durban Music School, starting from 08:30am and running until 17:00pm, where artists discussed and debated issues around the theme of “Being African.”
Sixty authors launched their books simultaneously to mark, pay tribute to and celebrate Dr. Mhlophe’s life legacy (see attached brochure for full profile) until the day culminated in a cocktail evening at KwaMuhle Art Museum at 22:30pm.

Gcina Mhlophe sings with her daughter at the birthday celebrations.

It was an honour to have all of the media participate in this ‘once in a lifetime’ moment to wish one of South Africa’s literature greats a happy birthday. Dr. Mhlophe expressed one wish for her night: “To get up on that stage and sing for my audience. I want to do just that — and dance the night away!”

Full catering requirements were arranged and invitees were expected to bring only their promotional materials for their exhibition stands.

Valhalla Arts was proud to spend this magical day in the amazing presence of the mighty Gcina Mhlophe.  Happy Birthday.

See the Gcina Mhlophe Celebratory catalogue here.