EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED AT THE ARTICULATE AFRICA BOOK AND ART FAIR

It is all systems go for the much anticipated biggest book and art fair in the African continent, the Articulate Africa Book and Art Fair.

The Fair with over 40 seminars will be held at the Durban Exhibition Centre between Wednesday, 11 April and Saturday, 13 April 2019

Themed “Expect the Unexpected” the Articulate Africa Book and Art Fair features over 200 authors, visual artists and gastronomists from across the African continent.

The City of Durban was designated as Africa’s first UNESCO City of Literature in 2017 and is now a member of the UNESCO (United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization) Creative Cities network.

Not only does the Fair plans to showcase the best of our local talent in literature and art, but the aim is also to integrate other UNESCO creative fields under the umbrella of the word and literature.

These include craft and folk arts, design, film, gastronomy, media, arts and music.

The City’s literary and art fair kicks off on Thursday, 11 April at 09h00 in the morning with an award winning journalist turned author Iman Rappetti and Malebo Shephedi leading a seminar titled “Controlling your Destiny or Someone else will” .

The seminar will center on Iman’s compelling memoir, Becoming Iman, it will tackle the importance of being in control of your own life as it takes courage to stand up to those who want you to be obedient and tow the line according to their expectations.

Thereafter, Chris Steyn (The Lost Boys of Bird Island), Terry Bell (Unfinished Business – South Africa, Apartheid, and the truth), and Mojalefa Dipholo (The other side of freedom) will delve into atrocities committed pre-1994. Their seminar seeks to uncover the hidden histories in the Apartheid era and the lasting wounds that they have inflicted.

On Friday, 12 April will see children’s writing taking center stage at the seminar titled “Firing your Imaginations” where Lebogang Masango (Mpumi’s Magic Beads), Thabisile Mthethwa (Dudu and Sipho), Elinor Sisulu (The Day Gogo went to Vote) will have a discussion centered on what appeals to children in order to instill the love of reading, and how we can encourage them to read more.

Also on Friday, 12 April, the debate is expected to be heated as Advocate Thembeka Ngcukatoibi will host a seminar titled the “Land is Ours” which is based on his book. Ngukatoibi, the Leader of Black First Land First Andile Mngxithama, African National Congress National Executive Committee member Senzo Mchunu and the Chief Executive Officer of Afri Forum Kallie Kriel will place a perspective of the land question by drawing on the personal accounts of a young farmer who lives off the land.

Discussions will then move to a national mode of analysis, specifically defining what is meant by the land question. Thereafter, the efficacy of previous government policy, programs and mechanism to bring about redress will be unpacked and relevance of the land question to the South African economy addressed.

Saturday, 13 April will see Gender Activist Cheryl Zondi, Silungile Mavundla and Vannessa Govender author of “Beaten but not Broken” dissects the sexual violence in church, family members shielding rapists and sexual violence in the workplace.

Also on Saturday Khanyi Mbau and Jackie Phamotse will lead a discussion titled “Blessers- Friends or Foe”. They will discuss the reality of being a blesee which may be quite different to initial expectations of what this experience entails. The discussion will be based on characters in their books “Bitch, Please! I’m Khanyi Mbau” and “Bare”

Thanks so much for reading, hope to see you again :)

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