About #cocreatePOETICA2017

The aim of the collaboration between #cocreateSA and Poetica is to use the art form of RAP, poetry and spoken word to co-create solutions to mutual challenges by providing a platform that voices the concerns of the youth by the youth.



#cocreatePOETICA is an unique collaboration between #cocreateSA, an initiative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Open Book Festival. The purpose of the collaboration is to provide a platform for poetry, spoken word and rap to explore the shared culture and history between the Netherlands and South Africa and its implications for the present and future in a way that voices the young generation. Within this platform there is an interaction and exchange of ideas and between Dutch and South African poets resulting in new mutual understandings. These understandings are translated into poetry reaching both South African and Dutch publics.


Even though our countries differ, there are many parallels in the public and cultural debates on identity, integration and transformation. Our long term cultural policy is therefore focused on co-creating cultural interventions to build mutual understanding and trust.

Our mission is to promote inclusive economic growth and support Dutch businesses by strengthening entrepreneurship and cross-sectoral cooperation in South Africa.



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