Poetry Africa Festival runs virtual Open mic and School Poetry Competition

The 24th Poetry Africa Festival hosted by University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) in partnership with the US Embassy South Africa, French Institute of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts at Culture, Windybrow Arts Centre and Institut Ramon Llull is inviting poets to share video performances of their works as part of the open mic and schools competitions. The deadline for submissions is 9 October; however, participants are encouraged to submit earlier, since the works will be shared on the Poetry Africa social media pages.

Held in conjunction with the Poetry Africa festival, the Open Mic and Schools Competitions are open to all poets residing in South Africa and aim to encourage creative expression in young people while functioning as a springboard for the future poets of South Africa. With the festival’s long-standing commitment toward nurturing a culture of performing poetry, this competition has received a broad appeal that continues to grow with each edition of the festival. 

Contestants will be judged on content, performance and originality. Winners are awarded cash prizes and performance slots at the festival. The six-day festival programme will take place from 12 to 17 October 2020 and is available for free on a variety of digital platforms.

To enter you can submit a video recording of two minutes per WhatsApp to 071 326 7272. For more details and terms and conditions, you can visit poetryafrica.ukzn.ac.za

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