We invite Spoken Word Artists and Poets across the city to an open call poetry slam on the 06th of May 2023. As part of the experience, 20 participants will be selected to take part in a two-day facilitated workshop in preparation for the final showcase on the 20th of May which will be held at the Kippies Theatre as part of our annual Africa Month festivities.
For our festival and the Poetry Africa Spoken Word festival we will posit the question of Place, Person and Language. Central to this theme will be conversations around the celebration, acknowledgement and critique in the realms of Queerness, Africanity and how language (universal and/or localised) is exploited to construct notions of belonging, displacement, oppression and/or separation. Considering South Africa’s history of violence and xenophobia (through our sometimes eschewed views of the rainbow nation) we find an opportune moment, through this festival, to re-imagine what difference and unity can look like.