For the longest time in Bloemfontein, there has been a need for a platform that allows women to talk to one another about pertinent issues in the same way it inspires them to deal with them with a fearless kind of grace only women have.
The Long Table Soirée provides women, not just in Bloemfontein but all over South Africa with this opportunity. Although the initiative was established in 2014, after having taken a break of over a year, it’s back with a bang and it has women on social media from all parts of the country agonizing in anticipation over when it will be in their cities.
Palesa Motsumi and Lerato Senoko, two social entrepreneurs from Bloemfontein, specializing in the Arts and Perfume Manufacturing respectively, will be featured in tomorrow’s edition of the Soirée. Palesa, who is an Art Consultant, will be talking about the Arts as an industry and providing an insightful talk on how to invest in Art.
Lerato on the other hand, who is a founder of Resilient Cosmetics, will be talking about how to develop your own perfume scent. The two ladies will share their experiences as women emerging in predominantly male and providing valuable industry insights in an intimate and safe setting.
The event promises to be one that encourages storytelling and sharing among those attending as a means of proving to those attending that though there are differences, in many ways women share the same struggles and instead of letting these tear them apart, they ought to instead bring them closer to one another.
Previously, this community of women has seen big names such as renowned photographer Max Mogale, Elle Editor at Large Mayibongwe Tyilo and prestigious writer, Mmatshilo Motsei telling their own stories.
Tomorrow’s event, however, will be different in that it will be the first event to host over 30 participants but Motsumi promises that it will nonetheless be just as intimate and inspiring as all previous events have been. Going forward, the event is set to be held monthly, profiling different women in business, each telling their inspirational stories.
To be a part of this bond of women celebrating one another, you can catch the event at 2nd Slice Café tomorrow from 12 to 4pm. Tickets will be sold at R280 per person and at R480 for couples. The tickets include a welcoming drink, meal and a gift pack. For enquiries, contact Lerato at 072 698 7438 or Palesa at 076 071 9137.
And to join the conversations or just to see what it’s all about, like the “LibraryLong Table” page on Facebook or follow them at @LLongTable on Twitter.