African Kiddies Storytelling Festival


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Newtown Junction
Newtown Junction

Newtown Junction brings magical Kiddies storytelling to the festive season and creates a space for you to share a book to help get SA reading again.

Newtown Junction kicks off the festive season with a jam-packed programme of fun events at the Kiddie’s Market running from the 10 December to 18 December. There will music, games, dance and storytelling, with author, artist and storyteller Zanele Ndlovu bringing her special magic to the event.

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Every day there will be something wonderful happening at the mall including; face painting, drum circles and games. Ndlovu will be hosting a storytelling ring on most days. Author of the isiZulu children’s book Umakhweyana, Ndlovu is a born storyteller. The book was translated by Nal’ibali into IsiXhosa, English, Afrikaans and Sesotho and was subsequently published into their newspaper supplements (Sunday times, Daily despatch, The Herald and Sunday World)

She has been taking listeners on imaginative journeys since she was nine years old, when she would tell stories to her aunts, uncles, cousins and her grandmother all gathered around the fire. On her book she has worked with the Legendary Gcina Mhlophe as the Editor and Charlotte Hill O’Neal from Tanzania as her illustrator.

On the 6 December Ndlovu will host an instrument-making workshop using waste material, followed by a drum circle filled with the glorious sound of newly made music instruments.

Newtown Junction Mall will also be proudly supporting Dr Gcina Mhlophe Nozincwadi: Mother of Books Project drive to collect books for poorly resourced schools in the townships and rural areas.

Starting on 1 December 2016, members of the public can bring children’s books, textbooks and business related books to a drop-off point/various drop off points at Newtown Junction mall. One of the first beneficiaries of this drive will be the Abuntu Book Fair taking place on 8th, 9th and 10th of December. For more information about the fair contact Nonto (Bongiswa Kota) Ramushwana ( .

Started in 2001 by Dr Mhlophe, the Nozincwadi: Mother of Books Project aims to introduce and encourage literacy and reading in schools across the country, while promoting South African authors and stories. The project has travelled around the country performing, sharing stories and emphasising the importance of literacy in today’s world.

Full Kiddies Market Programme

10 December: Storytelling and face painting
11 December: Instrument making from waste material and drum circles
12 December: Indigenous games and Storytelling
13 December: Face painting, book colouring and storytelling
14 December: Music workshop and storytelling
15 December: Book reading, indigenous games, storytelling
16 December: Public Holiday
17 December: Dance and storytelling
18 December: Drum circle, music workshop, indigenous games and storytelling.


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