#cocreatePOETICA | Literary festival connects SA and Dutch poets to continues dialogue on identity, history and culture

  CAPE TOWN (4 September 2018). This year will celebrate another successful collaboration between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Open Book Festival. The partnership between the Poetica programme and national Dutch campaign in South Africa known as #cocreateSA, will welcome popular spoken word artists Babs Gons and Ivan Words to Cape Town. Together they will work with both established and up-and-coming South Africa artists in writing sessions as part […]

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“Invisible Borders” by Akwasi

When people ask me how my time was in South Africa I notice my answer is contradictory. A beautiful country with beautiful people who I met last year and can see once again. On the other hand, I passionately hate that which is invisible in the country. That which is intangible. The invisible frontiers of Apartheid still exist. At home I notice that many White Dutch people experience South Africa […]

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“Allison’s Mind Map” by Dean Bowen

There is a lot to be learned from dialogue. So here we are. Three Dutch poets/spoken word artists on a journey exploring the stories, both intimate and public, behind South Africa’s many histories. I use histories because we should always be wary of relegating the plurality of experiences to a singular story for us to consume. This is why I tried to arrive here as open minded as possible, but […]

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