SA Storytelling in Athens
On 25 June 2014, the South African Embassy in Athens, Greece organised a “storytelling evening” as part of the 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy celebrations.
Guest speakers and invited guests made a circle around a tree to listen to stories about South African history the good and the bad. Storytelling is one of South Africa’s old tradition of passing and sharing knowledge and information by the elders.
Ambassador Makgetla reminded the guests that “on April 27 1994, South Africa put aside centuries of discrimination and oppression, to create a new society based on freedom and democracy. It marked the end of apartheid, and the introduction a new constitution, according to which society will function.”
"These memories, images and emotions of the past will hopefully encourage others to share their own stories, thus creating an ever closer relationship with democratic values, " said the Ambassador.
The event was attended by approximately 140 guests; diplomats, Ambassadors, and citizens of South Africa who have experienced the dramatic events of the past few decades – including acts of racism. The storytellers narrated touching stories about a human symbol and a "miraculous" development that was meant to change the course of world history, thus giving them the opportunity to share their stories of the past and celebrate the free and democratic South Africa.
SA Embassy Athens, Greece