Poetry Africa Hosted In Durban In October
Music and art lovers will be spoiled this week with two phenomenal art and music events taking place in our city. The 18th Poetry Africa Festival will be presented by the UKZN Centre For Creative Arts in conjunction with it’s partners. The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre as well as a variety of other venues across the city will host live readings and performances by the artists.
This year’s festival has twenty four performing poets from 12 countries across Africa. The Goethe Institut, South Africa will host a closed conference as part of the daytime programme. The conference is the culmination of of a project started by the Institut, documenting spoken word communities across the continent onto a website dedicated to the spoken word. The conference will also look at ways to promote spoken word into an artform throughout the continent.
Three other performances will form part of Poetry Africa Tour events organised by the Centre for Creative Arts. Harare-based arts festival Shoko Festival and Johannesburg-based spoken word festival WordNSound will collaborate to host American spoken word artist Buddy Wakefield’s first Southern African tour. Indian-South African poetry and musical ensemble, Insurrections will be performing in Cape Town after leaving audiences in Durban impressed with their act last year.
Community Outreach Programmes
Poetry readings, performances and workshops will be held in community centres, campuses and schools across Durban and surrounding areas as part of the extensive community outreach programme, an integral part of the Poetry Africa.
The Rivertown Precinct which is a part of the urban regeneration by the city will host the festival’s finale on the 18th of October. The finale will be at Rivertown’s Beerhall and will start off with workshops and an Open Mic session during the day, which is free to the public. The afternoon’s programme will be a Poetry Africa Slam Jam, presentations by all poetry performers and a live performance by HHP and his band.
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