Gallery commences story-telling sessions

HARARE - The National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe (NAGZ) on Saturday commenced holding story-telling sessions over the weekends.

The sessions will be spearheaded by award-winning author, Ignatius Mabasa.

NAGZ curator for Education and Public Programmes, Tandazani Dhlakama told the Daily News that the sessions are in a bid to revive and maintain local culture.

“We have seen more and more that there is lack of collaboration between literature and theatre. Story-telling is a mixture of theatre and literature; this is the revival of ngano/folktales which many children have not been getting.

“Back in the day, people would sit down and listen to folktales from elders but it has now all gone.

“We thought it would be great as the gallery to show that art comes in all forms, visually or orally,” she said.

The readings will take place from 10-11am every Saturday.

“It is something that we have done before on a different scale, during school holidays in 2013. Mabasa has been doing readings for the Harare City Library so when he approached us we welcomed the idea.

“Our main target is primary school pupils, but we are terming it a family event which means everyone is free to come along; after all everyone can benefit or learn a few things from these story-telling sessions,” said Dhlakama.

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