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Connect The Poets | Right To Speak Closing Event

Conceptualised before the Covid-19 pandemic and launched right at the height of the 2nd Covid-19 wave, the Right To Speak project exemplifies how the power of partnerships and shared visions can create unbounded opportunities for artists.


The Right To Speak project is a one-year partnership between the Centre for Creative Arts, Hear My Voice NGO, French Institute of South Africa, Representation of Flanders, Wallonie Bruxelles International and Goethe-Institut. The project has, thus far, yielded an anthology, the ground-breaking Poetry Lekgotla, a 6-part virtual workshop series to equip poets for the international stage and a Multimedia Poetry Project Grant. It has also created myriad openings for connection at a performance and management level that have strengthened the poetry-making ecosystem in South Africa.


We will honour this deeply fruitful partnership with a celebratory event that will include performances by some of our trailblazing featured poets. They are Philip Meersman (Brussels), Paul Gausch (Catalan), Xabiso Vili (South Africa), Siphokazi Jonas (South Africa), Lydol (Cameroon) and Nachla Libre (Sweden). Whilst this event may be the culmination of the year-long project, the Centre for Creative Arts hopes it will lead to many more informal, formal and new envisioned partnership initiatives between individuals, organisations, institutions and funders.


We encourage our invited guests to use this event to pontificate on all things poetry, party and partner, to build upon the fantastic foundation laid by this year-long intervention.


Host: Ayanda Fali
Featured Poets: Philip Meersman (Belgium), Pol Gausch (Catalan), Xabiso Vili, Siphokazi Jonas, Lydol (Cameroon), Nachla Libre (Sweden)


Oct 12 2022


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Howard College Theatre