Poetry has been used for millennia as a means for transmitting historical and cultural information. Poets throughout history have also waged war on social ills and crimes against humanity through their verse. This long tradition of poetry as social commentary continues today. This year’s Poetry Africa festival comprises five curated programmes that feature poets whose skill with words paints images that reflect both their passion for poetry and their passion for social change. Along with the featured poets each programme will also present a young unpublished poet selected from the festival’s Open Mic programme.