100 years, 100 stories of history #Assitejsa

Creative Fix
09/25/2018 17:27:05

On Heritage Day, 24 September 2018, ASSITEJ SA launches its #100stories campaign at a special event in Vrygrond, with a call to members of the public and of the organisation, to share their '100 stories' contributions on social media in honour of the centenaries of 'Madiba' Nelson Mandela and 'MaSisulu' Albertina Sisulu.

In honour of the lives of 'Madiba' Nelson Mandela and 'MaSisulu' Albertina Sisulu - both of whom celebrate centenaries in 2018, and are well-known for their love of children and tireless work to highlight their importance in society - ASSITEJ SA is encouraging people to share their own perspectives of these stories on social media. Inspired by the 'parental' impulse of these important figures - known as the father and mother of the nation, respectively - people are encouraged to tell and share stories to or for their own children, or children's children.

Director of ASSITEJ SA, Yvette Hardie, explains: "Africa has a long and proud tradition of storytelling, and especially with young people as the intended audience. Sharing of stories is one of the primary ways that our heritage is passed on from one generation to the next, and how children learn to make sense of their place in the world." It is well-documented that throughout their lives (and even in the legacies of their respective Foundations), both Madiba and MaSisulu considered the care of the country's children a priority, and storytelling an important part of this engagement. It is in this spirit, that ASSITEJ South Africa issues this call, for stories honouring these important legacies: through videos of 100 seconds, shared over 100 days, honouring 100 years of history and the lives of Madiba and MaSisulu. #100stories

In May 2018, through its Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Nelson Mandela Centenary and Centenary of Albertina Sisulu; the South African government called on the people to SA to "use the Mandela and MaSisulu Centenary to recommit ourselves to their values and principles", saying that "South Africans must work together to remove all obstacles which still divide our society and strive to build on the many ties that bind us together. Together, we can combat racism‚ racial discrimination‚ Xenophobia and related intolerances on all fronts." The statement further detailed how "MaSisulu dedicated herself to nurturing and protecting children. She was committed to good quality education, insisting that the youth put education first even during their quest for a democratic, free, non-sexist and non-violent South Africa"; and that key focuses of her legacy include those of Education and Youth: educating the youth to awaken their greatness; and Children's Rights: the nurturing and protection of children.

Further, the centenary celebration "aims to promote Madiba's ethos of Ubuntu by advancing our collective unity, irrespective of race, creed and orientation", outlining that the intention of the theme is to foreground characteristics and values for which former President Mandela was renowned for across the world: integrity, passion, service, transparency, respect and transformation.

ASSITEJ is an international member-based organisation with a focus on theatre for children and young people, that seeks to support and promote age-appropriate storytelling through the multi-faceted experience that the medium of live theatre facilitates. It is through sharing our stories that we build empathy and understanding, that we promote learning and imagination, and that we can foster the spirit of ubuntu so necessary for taking our country forward. Some of the practical limitations of live performance such as time and space, can be overcome through the sharing of performance which is recorded live, hence the impulse to drive the recording and sharing of these important stories via the prolific medium of social media.

The campaign will be launched as part of a special Heritage Day celebration hosted by the Vrygrond Community Development Forum in partnership with Vrygrond Taxi Association, and led by the Chairperson Of Education Sector, Mr Linamandla Deliwe; at Capricorn Primary School in Vrygrond in Cape Town, across the road from the ASSITEJ SA head office; on Monday 24 September at 10:00am

Video Guidelines for optimal exposure -
Videos should be:
inspired by 'the parents of the nation, Madiba and MaSisulu' - telling or referencing stories of 100 years of their/our/your history and heritage;
be posted during the 100 days of the #100stories campaign (24 September to 31 December 2018);
be 100 seconds in length (make them count);
be shared via your social media platforms, tagging @ASSITEJ_SA and #100stories (or sent to us:;
be somehow 'theatrical';
be filmed vertically.


ASSITEJ South Africa is a registered NPO (066-875), which operates as a networking platform for people working with or interested in theatre for children and young people. It aims to promote and foster high quality theatre for children and young people, to raise standards within the industry, to increase access and awareness, to be an advocate for the right of every child to arts education in schools, and to build relationships within the sector locally, nationally, across the continent and globally.

Members present in all provinces include: actors, musicians, dancers, directors, choreographers, theatre educators, stage designers and dramatists, as well as theatre companies, organisations and institutions, critics and cultural journalists, cultural officers, amateur drama groups, organizers, societies and other networks.

ASSITEJ South Africa works to promote international awareness of South African theatre for children and young people, through networking, organising exchanges, touring performances, and by facilitating contacts. Members are given access to a global network of information about festivals, performances, courses and seminars all over the world, with the potential to participate in these activities. ASSITEJ SA was the proud host of the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival, Cradle of Creativity, in 2017.

ASSITEJ South Africa is generously supported by: Rand Merchant Bank, the National Lotteries Commission, the National Arts Council of South Africa, and the Department of Arts and Culture. Other funders, supporters and partners include the HCI Foundation, the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), UNESCO IFCD, Buz Publicity, Splitbeam Gearhouse, Institut Francaise, Alliance Francais, Africalia, Pro Helvetia, Goethe Institut, Government of Flanders, SIDA, The National School of the Arts, Artscape, Baxter Theatre, Theatre Arts Admin Collective, the National Arts Festival, the Distell Foundation, the Kids of the Cape, the Cape Tercentenary Foundation, CATHSSETA, Ruth & Anita Wise Trust, Lorenzo and Stella Chiappini Charitable Trust, Puppetry South Africa, The Arts and Culture Trust and Nedbank Arts Affinity, Copy Dog Productions, Mandela Bay Development Agency, Speeltheater Holland Studio, Bush Radio, FMR, and Cape Town Television.

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