Kulimatji Story-telling project
Our Kulimatji Project (We tell our old stories), is directed by the !Xun Council of Elders in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, focusses on the documentation and continued life of the !Xun community’s oral traditions. In cooperation with the South African San Institute, we have developed an extensive archive of music, stories and oral histories. We host story-telling events in the community and have performed our repertoire in southern African countries, Scandinavia and in Europe. (Read more at www.sanmemoryhouse.com)
Kalahari Desert Festival project
We partner with the South African San Institute to produce the storytelling component of this annual Festival in the Kalahari Desert. The inaugural 2013 Festival attracted tourists from all over the world who partook in this unique opportunity to share the heritage of the San through arts and culture.
Research, Publications and Exhibitions project
The Manyeka Arts Trust’s on-going research in the curation of oral traditions includes the production of audio stories, community radio programmes, publications, exhibitions and eBooks. Please contact us if you would like to have more information about our resources.
Cave to Cave Storytelling project
We co-operate with the European Union funded project, Cave to Cave Stories 2013 – 2014, in an exchange of story-telling gatherings and festivals in South Africa, Spain, France and Italy. In related conferences, we interrogate the question of where stories come from – when and why humans first started telling. This project co-operates with the Guadalajara library in Spain and the University of Cape Town’s Living Landscape Project. A documentary crew is capturing this exciting and innovative process on film.
The World’s Children’s Prize Foundation project
The Manyeka Arts Trust partner, The World’s Children’s Prize Foundation, is the world’s largest education programme for the rights of the child. Its goal is a more humane world where children’s rights are respected by all. Since its implementation in Sweden in 2000, 33 million children have participated in the programme. 60,000 schools in 108 countries have registered as Global Friend schools supporting the World’s Children’s Prize, more than 14 000 of these schools are in South Africa. The World’s Children’s Prize Foundation’s global patrons include Queen Silvia of Sweden, Mr. Nelson Mandela, Mrs. Graqa Machel (above), Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Dr. Iqbal Surve and Aung Suu Kyi. The Foundation’s international work with children is focussed on story-telling and peer-to-peer education in the context of the United Nation’s Convention for the Rights of the Child – with a special focus during 2013 and 2014 on the girl child and prevention of commercial sexual exploitation. (Read more at www.worldschildrensprize.org) Manyeka runs the World’s Children’s Prize project in South Africa.
Music and Dance project
The Manyeka Arts Trust partners with the Cape Town based, The Modern Rockstar Academy, in training young musicians in professional music management. In one of these projects, a selected group of young musicians have the life-changing opportunity annually to tour to Sweden where they share stages with children from all over the world at the annual award ceremony for the World’s Children’s Prize. The ceremony is co-hosted by Her Majesty, Queen Silvia of Sweden. The children attend a series of workshops with other young people from diverse backgrounds, where they share their stories and talk about creating a better future for the children of the world. (Read more at www.themodernrockstaracademy.com)
Children Behind Bars project
One of Manyeka’s community story-telling projects is based at the BOSASA Horizon Centre for Safety in Cape Town, where youths who are in trouble with the law, are given the opportunity to talk about their personal stories and write them down. The youths also learn about other vulnerable children in the rest of the world and read their stories in the international children’s rights magazine, The Globe. The focus of these story-telling sessions is to assist the children in understanding the plight of vulnerable children and as such, gain deeper insight into their own personal pasts, while fostering a sense of global friendship. This project had its humble beginnings in 2004, at the rural Clanwilliam BOSASA Centre for Safety, where many of the teenage children behind bars were farm laborers, did not go to school and could not read or write.