Africa is a land bursting with diverse heritage, culture and natural beauty. Where storytelling has been a way of passing on culture and tradition, it is an integral part of African life.
The Royal Geographical Society is hosting a performance of ‘My Father’s Coat’ by South African born historian and storyteller, Michael Charlton. It will be an evening of culture, history and art - the sculpting of forces behind every community while reflecting on South Africa’s remarkable heritage.
Proceeds go to Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA) to help fund its ongoing work and projects that aim to preserve Arica’s wildlife for future generations.
The art of storytelling
‘My Father’s Coat’ weaves together the lives of five prominent characters from South Africa’s past - Gandhi, Mandela, Mzilikazi, Rhodes and Smuts - into a unique and layered narrative that explores the history of South Africa. It provides context to a notoriously complex topic, while Charlton’s approach - in the fine tradition of South African storytellers - offers subtle insights into the values and systems upon which current day communities have been formed.
In addition, Charlton will highlight how and why the people of South Africa have contributed to the current conservation crisis. He will offer supportive solutions that aim to prevent these catastrophic human actions and behaviours from playing out in the future. The solutions include CCFA projects and programs which are vital to wildlife conservation in all African countries.
The urgent need for conservation and preservation of our natural resources and wildlife is a worldwide reality. CCFA believes that raising international awareness around the necessity for wildlife conservation in Africa, is key to pooling together human resources and creating a global community that can contribute towards saving our planet.
There are two tiers of tickets available: £15 for the performance only or £40 which includes the show as well as a reception of wine and canapes.
All ticket holders will be eligible to take part in an online auction for a luxury holiday and there will be lucky draws at the event.
Orbis Investment is the proud supporter of CCFA for this event.
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About CCFA. Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA) is a registered NPC, borne out of the merger between Mantis and Accor Hotels. These two global hospitality groups recognise the urgent need for community upliftment which will benefit Africa’s wild animals and wildernesses at a time when both are under threat.
CCFA is both a fund-raising and a grant-giving organisation that is active in educating and empowering local communities to implement sustainable wildlife management systems on the ground. These solutions are funded by CCFA and its commercial partners.
CCFA was set up to help put the spotlight on rural African communities that live among the wild animals but by large have received few benefits from this often-difficult privilege. Its mission is to address these inequalities and investigate ways of giving rural African communities a greater role in wildlife ownership and management.
About Accor: Accor is a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique and meaningful experiences in more than 4 800 hotels, resorts, and residences across 100 countries. With an unrivalled portfolio of brands from luxury to economy, Accor has been providing hospitality savoir-faire for more than 50 years.
Accor is deeply committed to sustainable value creation and plays an active role in giving back to planet and community. Planet 12 endeavours to act for positive hospitality, while Accor Solidarity, the endowment fund, empowers disadvantaged groups through professional training and access to employment.
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Sponsors for the event. Allan Gray and Orbis Investment, sister companies sharing the same founder and long-term investment approach. The story started in South Africa in 1973 when founder Allan Gray started an investment company where the clients’ interests are at the core of everything from the way they invest to the company structure and how profits are earned. It is now South Africa’s largest privately-owned asset manager. Orbis was founded in 1989 to promote global investment expertise, with the same company values, culture and investment support. Together they are proud supporters of CCFA for this event.
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