Tsh­wane tales

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Tsh­wane, good news. There’s a brand-new book event called the Tjo!Sto­ryFest! hap­pen­ing at the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria’s Mamelodi cam­pus on Friday, June 30 and Satur­day, July 1. You can find the full pro­gramme on their Twit­ter ac­count @tjos­to­ryfest. Start­ing off small, the event is still crammed with high­lights. Ac­cord­ing to fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Kgauh­elo Dube, you need to look out for a special trib­ute to com­mu­nity ac­tivists Florence and Fabian Ribeiro; a cel­e­bra­tion of Tsh­wane-born writer Kag­iso Le­sego Mo­lope’s novel, The Mend­ing Sea­son, being in­cluded in the Grade 12 cur­ricu­lum; a pre­sen­ta­tion by pub­lish­ing star Thabiso Mahlape; and in­ter­ac­tive read­ings fea­tur­ing South African ac­tors Hlubi Mboya, Sisanda Henna and Lindiwe Mat­shik­iza.

“Tjo!Sto­ryFest! is an ex­plo­ration of how communities can prac­ti­cally as­sert and im­ple­ment the unan­i­mous need for telling our own sto­ries,” says Dube.

Be­cause the fes­ti­val co­in­cides with the school holidays, the pro­gramme fea­tures plenty of kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties.

– Charl Blig­naut

Pop­u­lar ac­tress Hlubi Mboya is one of the names on the line-up

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