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Posted on: Monday, 28 September 2009

International Poetry Festival in Durban

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Poetry, the stringing of words together in a rhythmical pattern that evokes emotion and reaction can be a performance, a reading of a rhyme or a completely personal experience. From 5 to 10 October 2009 the 13th International Poetry festival in Durban will showcase poetry from all around South Africa, Africa and the world.

Poetry Africa 2009The festival is hosted by the University of KwaZulu Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts and an intensive week long programme is started by a pre-festival showcase where some of Durban’s local poets can be heard at the Workshop Shopping Centre’s amphitheatre on 4 October from 11h00.

You can be assured you will be hearing some worthy artists as they were chose from an open audition held at the Centre for Creative Arts. At the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre you will be able to hear some of these chose poets on three separate occasions and the ultimate battle to take the Durban SlamJam crown takes place at the BAT Centre on 10 October 2009.

The weeks festivities happens as follows, on 5 October at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre you will be treated to the full line-up of poets as they give brief introductory performances, the keynote speaker for this opening is David Rubadiri who is a renowned Malawian writer and poet. This will be a special treat for all. For the remainder of the week each evening will see four poets showing what they do best with the grand finale on 10 October at the BAT Centre.

Expect to hear a number of genres, styles, performances and poetic voices. There is a strong South African line-up from novelist and poet Mogane Wally Serote, who has won a number of both local and international awards, you may remember him as one of the key Black Consciousness poets who was arrested in 1969 under the Terrorism Act. Jennifer Ferguson is a talent woman who is also a multi-award winner as well as a classically trained pianist. Contemporary poet Lesego Rampolokeng who gives his take on post-apartheid South Africa and Sindiwe Magona, who is launching his first poetry collection are also part of the line-up.

The other South African participants are made up of the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize winner, Loftus Marais, two-time Poetry Africa SlamJam champion Ewok, Liesl Jobson and radio presenter Bongani Mavuso.

Joining the line-up from the African continent are the electrifying, exciting performer Nina Kibuanda from the DRC, Tania Tomé from Mozambique, Odia Ofeimun from Nigeria and the singer and poet Chigo Gondwe from Malawi.

Both Sunil Gangopadhyay and Anindita Sengupta have travelled all the way from India to delight Durbanites with their dynamic work. Sunil has written over 200 books and has worked with filmmaker Satyajit Ray. Anindita is an emerging yet dynamic voice in the Indian poetry world. From Turkey we are privileged to have Ilyas Tunç who has a strong South African connection, some of his work has been translated into Zulu and Afrikaans.

Not only will there be the final performances at the Elizabeth Sneddon and BAT theatre’s on Saturday 10 October, but a full day of activities can be enjoyed. Poetry workshops, open mic sessions, seminars, performances, poetry competitions and much more can be enjoyed during the day.

Poetry is something can connect us all, you will hear things during this festival that will make you react, it doesn’t matter how you react. You may love the words that you hear, you may not like the words or you may just be indifferent. But that is why poetry is so special for each individual it is different. Don’t let this opportunity to hear some of South Africa, Africa and the world’s most talented poet’s slip past you, come and listen to them, be inspired and enjoy what they have to offer.

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1 comment about International Poetry Festival in Durban
  1. September 29th, 2009 at 14:56
    admin says:

    Please note: we have just received the following:

    Poetry Africa regrets to announce the cancellation of Indian poet Sunil Gangopadhyay’s participation in the 13th Poetry Africa Festival there has been a programme reshuffle and legendary Malawian poet, David Rubadiri, who is also this year’s keynote speaker for the opening event, will now also present his poetry during Gangopadhyay’s slot.