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Freedom Park hosts Ungasali International Storytelling Festival, 16 Mar

Ungasali is a storytelling festival hosted annually by Freedom Park, a national heritage destination and an agency of the department of arts and culture. The festival has taken place five consecutive years where more than 20 thousand South Africans witnessed vibrant content-rich storytelling performances. The Sixth Ungasali storytelling festival will take place on 16 March 2019 under the theme we are stories we tell Local storytellers and storytellers from as far as India, Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi will participate.

The aim of the festival is to enable interaction and communication among the South African public in their endeavour to realize the country's goals of reconciliation, social-cohesion, national building, spirituality and emancipating the African voice. Promoting the use of Indigenous language is also paramount, as stories will be performed in different languages.

Unlike previous Ungasali storytelling festivals, this one takes a different format; the primary focus will be on community empowerment. Storytellers will take the festival to communities. Mini festivals will take place at Danville stadiums on 15 March where more than a thousand people are expected attend. Experienced storytellers will conduct workshops at Stinkwater and Pimville libraries (the outreach programme is attached).

Freedom Park stands as a symbol of peace and reconciliation. It's therefore not surprising that each year the organization invites the public and institutions to come and listen to stories of history, culture, and spirituality, as different professionals and upcoming storytellers from around the world and nationally perform storytelling.

Vendors will exhibit their products. Entrance fee is R55.00 adults and R35.00 learners/ children.

Members of the Media are welcome to join the Outreach programmes as well.

Source: Government of South Africa

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