3rd annual Poetry and Live Music Festival promises a feast of words


WHAT:           3rd Annual Word N Sound International Youth Poetry + Live Music Festival feat. Natalia Molebatsi, Afurakan Mohare, Mutle Mothibe, Nova Masango, Bongeziwe Mabandla and lots more.

WHEN:           27 – 30 November 2013

WHERE:         Cape Town – The District Six Homecoming Centre, 15A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
Johannesburg – Market Theatre Laboratory, Bus Factory, 3 President Str, Johannesburg

TICKETS:       R50 – R100 at the door

The final week of November 2013 will mark a highlight of the South African Poetry calendar, as the 3rd Annual Word N Sound International Youth Poetry + Live Music Festival gets underway.

Word N Sound presents the premiere poetry showcase in all of Johannesburg, however, for their third festival, they are taking it onto an inter-provincial scale. Adding a Cape Town leg to the Johannesburg based Festival, the four day spoken word feast kicks off at the District Six Homecoming Centre where local poets will share a stage with Catherine Labiran and Harry Baker from the United Kingdom. This will be the first year the Festival expands to another city.

The Festival then moves to Johannesburg to set Newtown ablaze. On the 29th and 30th of November, some of the best local and international music and poetry acts will converge at the Market Theatre Laboratory in Newtown.

Friday | 29 November
Aptly named “Poetry Is” the evening show will feature the talents of Natalia Molebatsi, Mutle Mothibe, Nova Masango amongst others with a musical showcase by Bongeziwe Mabandla. Doors open at 18:30. Admission is R100.

Saturday | 30 November
After eight months of intense competition in the Word N Sound Open Mic Poetry League, 5 of Joburg’s most exciting emerging spoken word talent will vie for the coveted 2013 Word N Sound Open Mic Champion title. The top five contenders for this year are Mandi Poefficient Vundla, NoLIFE; Elysium Garcia, Mapule Mohulatsi and Lucas Pilgrim Serei. Catherine Labiran will be the showcase poet of the day. Doors open at 12:00. Admission is R50.

That evening plays host to the second instalment of Poetry Is featuring Mbali Vilakazi, Conelius Jones, Harry Barker and Dikson  from the Shoko Festival Zimbabwe. Doors open at 18:00. Admission is R100.

The 3rd Annual Word N Sound International Youth Poetry + Live Music Festival is brought to you in partnership with: British Council Connect ZA, Live Mag SA, Bozza Mobile, Samro Foundation, Rora and Black Letter Media.

Catherine Labiran and Harry Baker’s visit marks the beginning of a relationship between Word N Sound and The Roundhouse, a leading cultural organisation in the UK. Facilitated by British Council Connect ZA, the partnership aims at exploring how the two organisations can learn from and support each other.

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