Press Release | 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 of journeys with poetry, solo and collaborative performances, discussions and workshops using rap, poetry and the spoken word. #cocreatePOETICA will run from 5 until 9 September 2018 in Cape Town. 

“Being newly appointed in this role, I am incredibly excited about this partnership and what has been achieved in the past three years. Open and honest dialogues, especially through art forms like poetry and rap, have the power to break down barriers and provide opportunities to connect and grow in new and refreshing ways,” said Sebastiaan Messerschmidt, Netherlands Consul General.

“Collaborations bring creative fire and the third year of our partnership with the Kingdom of the Netherlands' #cocreateSA initiative shows the truth of this once more. Babs Gons and Ivan Words join local counterparts to fire up the mic on the #cocreatePOETICA stage. This is more than entertainment - this partnership allows all of us to explore and share the challenges we face through the channel of poetry,” said Frankie Murrey, Open Book Festival Coordinator.

Dutch writer and performer, Babs Gons stated, “I think the exchange of work with artists of other places is necessary because spoken word, poetry is a reflection of what's going on in the world and you need to get out of the confined spaces you live in. But also, poetry is a constant wave of new forms, voices, styles and I'm very much looking forward to experiencing new voices, new winds and also to write and perform together in new spaces, and with new company.”

In addition to the #cocreatePOETICA activities, South African and Dutch artists will be part of a three day Journey of Poetry where they will attend writing workshops and explore a different spaces, including Deer Park, the University of the Western Cape and Muizenberg.

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