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Poetry Africa Festival To Be Held at UKZN



Poetry Africa Festival To Be Held at UKZN

Poetry Africa Festival To Be Held at UKZN. The University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Creative Arts (CCA), in collaboration with esteemed partners such as the National Institute for Humanities, the French Institute of South Africa, and Total, is gearing up to host the 25th Poetry Africa International Festival. Scheduled to take place from October 11th to 16th, 2021, this landmark event promises a dynamic fusion of poetic expression, cultural exchange, and intellectual engagement.

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Highlighting Distinguished Voices

Renowned South African poet, playwright, and producer, Ms. Siphokazi Jonas, will grace the festival as the featured poet. Adding to the prestigious lineup, Dr. Stella Nyanzi, an acclaimed medical anthropologist from Uganda known for her profound insights into sexual and reproductive health, will deliver the keynote speech.

Their presence underscores Poetry Africa’s commitment to showcasing voices that challenge norms and inspire change.

Embracing Diversity

Under the stewardship of CCA Director Dr. Ismail Mahomed and festival curator Ms. Siphindile Hlongwa, Poetry Africa will host an eclectic mix of over 35 poets hailing from South Africa, Africa, and beyond. Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic, the festival will blend virtual presentations with live events in Durban, ensuring widespread accessibility while maintaining the vibrancy of the traditional festival experience.

Cultural Exchange and Collaboration

A testament to its global reach, Poetry Africa will welcome esteemed poets from French-speaking African nations, including Togo, Mali, Cameroon, and Morocco. Additionally, strategic partnerships with international entities such as the Poetry Archive (UK), Quay Words (UK), and Lviv International Book Forum (Ukraine) underscore the festival’s commitment to fostering cross-cultural dialogue and artistic exchange.

Nurturing Literary Entrepreneurship

In recognition of the evolving landscape of literary production, Poetry Africa will facilitate discussions on publishing and entrepreneurship through initiatives like “Let’s Publish NOW,” in collaboration with imphepo press. These endeavors aim to empower poets and foster a sustainable ecosystem for literary creation and dissemination.


As Poetry Africa prepares to mark its 25th edition, it stands as a testament to the enduring power of poetry to ignite conversations, challenge perceptions, and unite communities. Through its rich tapestry of voices, themes, and collaborations, the festival continues to serve as a beacon of artistic excellence and cultural celebration. Here to another 25 years of inspiring verse and transformative dialogue.

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