Through her organisation the Lyrical Base Project, poet Bulelwa Basse empowers and motivates women, helping to uplift poor communities and invest in their artistic expression through creative writing, poetry and performing arts.
African musicians of today are more than just singers banging out a beat for people to dance. They tackle pressing issues using ancient musical traditions, keeping alive the spirit of West Africa's griots. They too are the oral story-tellers and poets who have always been the continent's historians and commentators.
International and local poets will gather at Spier Wine Estate in the lush Stellenbosch valley outside Cape Town for discussions, translations, readings and master classes. The Dancing in Other Words / Die Dansende Digtersfees International Poetry Festival promises to inspire.
A vociferously independent young South African filmmaker has received a huge vote of confidence in his endeavours. Not only has Sibs Shongwe-La Mer spoken at TEDx Johannesburg, but one of his low-fi films has been selected for the Final Cut workshop at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.
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