2017 WNS Poetry Festival

When Words Collide

7th Word N Sound International Youth Poetry Festival 2017

4 – 8 October 2017, Market Theatre Lab, Newtown

Feat: Msaki, Leshie Lovesong (Botswana), Alessandro Lutman (Italy), Modise Sekgothe, Hakeem Anderson-Lesolang, Mutinta Bbenkele (Zambia), Kwazi Ndlangisa, Emmah Mabye, Mthunzikazi Mbongwana.


Themed ‘When Words Collide’, the 7th edition of the Word N Sound International Youth Poetry Festival will showcase a world class selection of youth voices at the legendary Market Theatre Laboratory in Newtown from the 4th to the 8th of October 2017.

In their own words diverse youth voices will tackle pertinent and controversial topics including identity, sexuality, materialism, personal power and neo-liberal politics while claiming their space in a world that tries everything to marginalize them.
“Give young people a platform and a microphone and words become weapons. When words collide, silence is no longer golden” explains Afurakan Thabiso Mohare, festival curator and CEO of the Word N Sound Live Literature Company.

The 4 day program for the 7th edition of this ground breaking festival will include an open mic event, workshops, digital collaborations, WNS Poetry League finale and showcase performances.

International poets that will headline the festival include Leshie Lovesong (Botswana), Mutinta Bbenkele (Zambia) and Alessandro Lutman from Italy whose trip is made possible by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria.

A brilliant selection of local voices such as Modise Sekgothe, Mandisa Vundla, Mutle Mothibe, Mthunzikazi Mbongwana, Emmah Mabye, KB Kilobyte, Xabiso Vili, Hakeem Anderson-Lesolang, Richard Quaz Roodt will complete the lineup.

Special musical showcases from Msaki who will add their flair to this fully loaded festival.

The full program includes:
Wednesday 4 October 2017
Poetry Corner Open Mic Night
The festival will open with the legendary Poetry Corner Open Mic Night where we will get introduced to some of the poets who will be headlining at the festival while also giving emerging Poets a platform to showcase their work in front of a captive and quality audience.
Event Info: Black Ant Lounge, 153 Gwigwi Mrwebi Str Newtown, 19:00 – 22:00, FREE

Thursday 5 October 2017
Day Time: Written Remix Digital Writing Challenge: Don Materra meets Pirrandelo
Writers and Poets from RSA and Italy respond to the works of Don Materra and Pirrandelo using 6 Word Stories on Twitter. The digital activation will celebrate two legendary Poets while bringing together the next generation of Poets from Italy and South Africa through the power of social media.
Digital Platform: @wordnsound (Twitter), 10am – 16:00

Evening: Future Writes
Conversation and poetry Reading featuring Alessandro Lutman (Italy), Raphael D’Abdon (RSA/Ital) and Afurakan.
Event Info: Sala Puccini, the Italian Club, 7 Marais Road, Bedfordview.18:30, Free

Friday 6 October 2017
Session 1 (10:00-11:30): Spoken Word as a Tool of Cultural Diplomacy
Session 2 (12:00 – 13:30): Mak Manaka – Page Inside My Stage
Session 3 (14:00 – 15:30): Mandisa Vundla – Writing from the Urgent Voice
Event Info: Eyethu Lifestyle Centre, Soweto, 10am – 15:30, Free

Poetry Is …
Showcase performances featuring Msaki, Leshie Lovesong (Botswana), Alessandro Lutman (Italy), NazFloe, Lerato
Lichaba, Kwazi Ndlangisa, Thobani Mntambo, Mpho Khosi, Mandisa Vundla, Qhakaza Mthembu (MC).
Event Info: Market Theatre Laboratory, Newtown, 19:00 – 22:00, R150 (Tickets at Door)

Saturday 7 October 2017
Day Time: Word N Sound Poetry League Finale
The top 5 poets from the 2017 poetry league will face off in the epic finale to be crowned open mic champion.
Featuring Siyabonga Jim, Kori Strange, Lukanyo Hlongwane, Tshepo Molefe, Sibusiso Ndebele with a special showcase performance by Modise Sekgothe.Event Info: Market Theatre Laboratory, Newtown, 12:30 – 16:00, R80 (Tickets at Door)

Evening: Poetry Is …
Emmah Mabye, Mthunzikazi Mbungwana, Kurt Schroder, Alessandro Lutman (Italy), KB Kilobyte, Mutle Mothibe,
Mutinta Bbenkele (Zam), Afurakan (MC)
Event Info: Market Theatre Laboratory, Newtown, 19:00 – 22:00, R150 (Tickets at Door)

Sunday 8 October 2017
On Black Masculinity …
4 male poets come together to explore the current position and condition of black men in South Africa through
poems, dialogue and anecdotes. Featuring Hakeem Anderson-Lesolang, Richard Quaz Roodt, Xabiso Vili and
Event Info: Market Theatre Laboratory, Newtown, 14:00 – 17:00, R80 (Tickets at Door)

For information about the festival and the featured artists please visit our Facebook page or email thabiso@wordnsound.com.