The Power of Spoken Word | #cocreatePoetica brings together South African and Dutch spoken word artists

This year #cocreateSA aims to use the art form of RAP and the spoken word to offer a platform that voices the concerns of the youth, by the youth. By bringing together South African and Dutch spoken word artists, the popular poets will explore mutual challenges through the art of rap and poetry. The Dutch Consulate General has partnered with Open Book Festival and Tuin van Digters to foster these collaborations between popular poets from South Africa and the Netherlands hoping to build bridges between our two nations through youth empowerment.

Popular Dutch artists Akwasi and AdeiyeTjon (Complex MC) will collaborate with local artists on issues pertaining to shared history, language and culture. “I’m truly surprised but most of all honoured to be a part of #cocreatePoetica, and I’m really looking forward to collaborating with South African artists. This is all about building a new bridge between South Africa and The Netherlands. We have more in common than you think! I will give you all my very best!” says Akwasi.Open-Book-Poetica-2016-page-001

“The beauty in the art form of RAP and spoken word is found in its rawness and honesty. Audiences are forced to confront whatever is laid in front of them by a poet or artist, no matter how uncomfortable it may be. This is what art is supposed to do to you; to challenge you, to move you and to grow you. What we hope to see at #cocreatePoetica is an example of what we should have been doing all along: listening to the youth,” explains Netherlands Consul General, Bonnie Horbach. “I look forward to the collaboration that will take place between SA and Dutch artists, and the basis for a shared future they will co-create together.”

Both festivals are iconic and provide a platform for established and emergent thought-provoking artists from South Africa and abroad to present debate and engage with audiences. “Poetica has a strong history of collaboration, and we are delighted to take this a step further with #cocreateSA in 2016,’ says Frankie Murrey, Festival Coordinator.

The #cocreatePoetica programme of Open Book festival will host a range of workshops from 7 to 9 September, as well as discussions, readings and performances on 10 and 11 September at The Fugard Theatre, District Six Homecoming Centre and Central Library Cape Town.

The Open Book Festival programme is available at:

Tuin van Digters (Garden of Poets) hosted by the Breytenbach Cultural Centre will commence the e0307e399eac661a51af97391dc006acfollowing week from 16– 18 September 2016 at the Breytenbach Cultural Centre in Wellington.

The programme for Tuin van Digters can be found at:

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