The Puku Story Festival is open to all – everybody is welcome.   Should you wish to attend a workshop, please confirm your attendance with Sisanda on 083 425 5277 or sanda@nationalartsfestival.co.za


THURSDAY 19TH APRIL – THE MONUMENT


ACTIVITY


VENUE


TIME


Gcina Mhlophe Exhibition

The exhibition by the National English Literary museum (NELM) will display the life and works of Gcina Mhlophe.

 

Foyer 09:00 – 15:30
Performance: ‘Have you seen Zandile?’

Followed by a post-performance discussion, facilitated by Madoda Ndlakuse and Cebo Solombela

 

Rehearsal Room, B2 09:00 – 10:30

 

Poetry and Reading Session

Facilitator: Nobesuthu Rayi, with actors and learners reading Gcina Mhlophe’s works and poems

 

Rehearsal Room, B2 10:45 – 11:15

 

Open Mic Session

Book launch by Ngcali Xhegwana – ‘Woodland’,

Storytelling by Nal’ibali

Guest appearance by Gcina Mhlophe

Fountain Court 11:30 – 13:00

 

Performance: ‘Have you seen Zandile?’

Followed by a post-performance discussion, facilitated by Dr Hleze Kunju

 

Rehearsal Room, B2 13:15 – 14:45

 

Poetry and Reading Session

Facilitator: Nobesuthu Rayi, with actors and learners reading Gcina Mhlophe’s works and poems

 

Rehearsal Room, B2 15:00 – 15:30

 

Nal’ibali “Back to Basics: Story Power Activation” / “How to become a literacy activist with Nal’ibali”

Nal’ibali seeks to workshop people to become vibrant literacy development activists and Funda Leaders who can activate community and school based reading clubs.

Ntsikana Gallery,
2nd Floor
15:00 – 15:45

FRIDAY 20TH APRIL – THE MONUMENT


ACTIVITY


VENUE


TIME


Gcina Mhlophe Exhibition

The exhibition is hosted in partnership with the National English Literary museum (NELM) and will display the life and works of Gcina Mhlophe.

Foyer 09:00 – 17:00
Review Workshop and Motivational Talk

Facilitated by Lorato Trok and Dr Sindiwe Magona

Motivational Talk by Gcina Mhlophe

Council Chambers,
1st Floor
09:00 – 13:00

 

Performance: ‘Have you seen Zandile?’

Followed by a post-performance discussion, facilitated by Madoda Ndlakuse and Cebo Solombela

 

Rehearsal
Room, B2
09:00 – 10:30

 

Poetry and Reading Session

Facilitator: Nobesuthu Rayi, with actors and learners reading Gcina Mhlophe’s works and poems

 

Rehearsal
Room, B2
10:45 – 11:15

 

Open Mic Session

Book launch by Mangaliso Buzani – ‘Ukufika kwamadada amathathu eCandlewood kunye namanye amabali

Storytelling by Nal’ibali

Guest appearance by Gcina Mhlophe

Fountain Court 11:30 – 13:00

 

Discussion: Indima yeelwimi zesiNtu ekuphuhliseni uncwadi eMzantsi Afrika: isekhona okanye ifile? The role of indigenous languages in the development of South African literature: Relevant or dead? 

Background: The purpose of this session is to have a critical dialogue about the role indigenous languages, like isiXhosa play in the development SA literature. It will discuss the challenges and benefits in using isiXhosa in different literature forms. One of the aims of the session is to interrogate the meaning of the concept “literature” and the extent to which genres such as poetry and hip-hop are taken seriously as critical literary contributions in South Africa.

Structure: This session will consist of a panel which will be comprised of arts practitioners such as poets and comedians. The dialogue will be facilitated by (Sanele Ntshingana) with an aim of gauging critical insights from the panelists. The audience will also get an opportunity to engage the panelists.

Ntsikana
Gallery,
2nd Floor
13:00 – 15:00
Performance: ‘Have you seen Zandile?’

Followed by a post-performance discussion, facilitated by Dr Hleze Kunju

 

Rehearsal
Room, B2
13:15 – 14:45

 

Honouring Gcina Mhlophe

A special tribute from Grahamstown artists and the Puku Story Festival community.

 

Fountain Court 15:00 – 17:00

 


SATURDAY 21ST APRIL – NELM


ACTIVITY


TIME


Post-Festival Debriefing: Reflections of six years of the Puku Story Festival and the state of reading in Grahamstown

–        Presentation by Puku  Team

–        The future of the Puku Story Festival in Grahamstown

–        Lessons learned

–        Reflections and responses

09:00 – 13:00

 


SATURDAY 21ST APRIL – FINGO


ACTIVITY


TIME


–        Comedy Show

–        Local performances

–        Storytelling and games

–        Face painting

–        Readings

–        Gcina Mhlophe exhibition

09:00 – 13:00