7th Street Melville us the home for the poetry festival THIS weekend from 12-14 October, hosting a range of poets and styles in a number of venues and I am SO there as part of the line-up.
According to organiser Hans Pienaar, the programme has been developed to serve a multi-lingual audience of all ages and tastes.
“There is something for everyone. There will be about 50 poets working in English, Afrikaans and Zulu, storytellers from the Kwesukela group to enthral the little ones and a ‘no holds barred’ Word n Sound slam poetry final with Afurakan where the rap brigade will slug it out,” said Pienaar.
The main aim of the festival is to provide a platform for poets from all walks of life. Visual interpretations of the poetic idea will include contributions from several artists, such as an installation by Willem Boshoff, photographic work by Strijdom van der Merwe and ‘concrete poetry’ by Hennie Meyer.
The musical offering will range from classical arrangements of poetry performed by mezzo soprano, Linette van der Merwe and pianist Marten van Wyk.
Two lounges will provide non-stop playlists of documentaries on poetry and poets as well as poetically-inspired music.
Saturday Oct 13 Sunday Oct 14
First session: 10.30am-12pm First session: 1.30pm- 3pm
Lionel Murcott Kobus Moolman
Tumelo Khoza Mphutlane wa Bofelo
David Chislett Mxolisi Nyezwa
Mphutlane wa Bofelo Tumelo Khosa
Mxolisi Nyezwa Gerard Rudolf
Kobus Moolman Michelle McGrane
Second session: 4pm to 5.30pm Second session: 3.30pm to 5.00pm.
Alan Finlay Marcelle Olivier
Arja Salafranca Lionel Murcott
Phillippa Yaa de Villiers Khulekani Magubane
Gail Dendy Gerard Rudolf
Khulile Nxumalo Khulile Nxumalo
Michelle McGrane Alan Finlay