The annual Poetry Africa Festival will host a series of workshops at various venues around Durban at no charge to the public from 16 to 20 October 2018. Now in its 22nd edition, the festival is supported through principal funding from the eThekwini Municipality, and features a host of local and international poets.
The extensive week-long programme features performances, readings and book-launches with a dynamic array of poets every evening. The festival also includes the popular Durban Slam Jam Competition and the festival finale, featuring all the poets in the festival. The daytime programme includes seminars, workshops, poetry competitions, open mic opportunities, campus invasions and school visits.
Workshops kickstart on Tuesday 16 October at 10:00 – 11:00 in Inanda at the Maphisa Jazz Lounge, with the Poetry Exchange led by Mak Manaka, Tanya Evanson and Nkateko Masinga, the second workshop a Poetry Exchange will take place at Clermont Auditorium from 10:00 – 12:00 led by Lebo Mashile, Gcina Mhlophe and Daniel B. Summerhill. Third on the day’s programme between 11:00 – 12:00 at Centre for Creative Arts is a Slam Poetry workshop with Philip Meersman, followed by In Conversation with BM Mdletshe at the UKZN IsisZulu Studies Department from 13:00 – 14:00, and finally wrapping up the day at Alliance Francaise in Morningside between 15:30 -16:30 is a Poetry Exchange led by Vuyelwa Maluleke, Sandile Ngidi and Miriam Cano.
Wednesday 17 October starts with a closed workshop at Westville Correctional Services with Phelelani Makhanya, BM Mdletshe, Nkateko Masinga and Séverine Daucourt-Fridriksson, followed by a workshop at the Square Space Theatre, UKZN Howard College Drama Department from 11:00 – 12:00 with Lebo Mashile. Between 11:00 – 12:00 Philip Meersman will speak about Visual Poetry at the KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood, Matete Motsoaledi, Tanya Evanson, Taras Malkovych and Emmah Maybe will present a workshop between 12:20 – 13:15 at UKZN Howard College Campus Upper Student Union Building and the day ends at the Centre for Creative Arts with In Conversation with Rafeef Ziadah at 14:00 – 15:00 between 14:30 – 16:30 is another Poetry Exchange session at K Cap, KwaMashu with Daniel B. Summerhill
Thursday 18 October will start off at the YMCA in central Durban, between 10:00 – 11:00 with Poetry Exchange lead by Vuyelwa Maluleke and Myroslav Laiuk, between 10:00 – 12:00 at the Albert Luthuli Museum is a Poetry Exchange session between TJ Dema, Mak Manaka and Séverine Daucourt-Fridriksson, between 11:00 – 12:00 at the UKZN’s English Studies Department will be In Conversation with Lebo Mashile. More Poetry will be showcased at Wushini, Inanda between 12:00 – 13:00 by Matete Motsoaledi and Taras Malkovych, followed by a Campus Invasion by Phelelani Makhanya and Gcina Mhlophe at UKZN Edgewood Campus Library between 12:20 – 13:15 and lastly another Campus Invasion for the day at Creative Arts College in west Street towers, Central Durban from 13:00 – 14:00 with Uphile Chisala and Daniel B. Summerhill.
The last workshop takes place on Saturday 20 October from 10:00 – 11:00 at the mission control room with Mphutlane Wa Bofelo leading a session on creative writing.
“We are excited about providing these free workshop opportunities to the general public to engage directly with the participating poets. There are great opportunities to really get into valuable conversations with practising poets and to learn and exchange knowledge” said Siphindile Hlongwa, Senior Administrator at the CCA.
The full programme for Poetry Africa can be viewed on the website https://medium.com/poetry-africa or contact the CCA on 031 260 2506.