The Poetry Africa roadshow hits Cape Town for a one-night-only show at CTICC on Saturday 13th of October. This forms part of the regional tour to Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana before culminating at the main Poetry Africa event in Durban (15-20 October). Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and made possible through principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, 2012 marks the 16th edition of this landmark festival and the touring programme enables other cities and centres to catch a piece of the action.

Heading up the Cape Town showcase is Saul Williams, whose innovative work as an actor, poet and musician continues to break new ground on arts stages around the world. The proficiency and originality across different artforms which have established Williams at the cutting-edge of creativity provide a riveting fusion of voice and music artistry on matters of heart, mind and social conscience.  Well-known for his breakout role in Slam, Williams has appeared in over ten films and starred in the Senegalese-shot film Tey, which showed at the recent Durban International Film Festival.

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Poetry Africa

16th POETRY AFRICA - International Poetry Festival
Poetry Africa in Durban 15-20 October
Poetry Africa on Tour 6-13 October

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The popularity of the spoken word is evident in the powerful performance arc that threads through the 16th edition of Poetry Africa. Music is also a prominent presence in this landmark festival organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and made possible through principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund. Poetry Africa runs in Durban from 15 to 19 October at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, with the festival finale at BAT Centre on 20 October. Satellite events take place in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Cape Town before culminating at the main event in Durban.

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