A feast of poems

Dutch poet Akwasi at Poetica 2017.

There will be readings, performances, discussions and workshops using rap, poetry and the spoken word at the Open Book Festival’s Poetica programme.

The festival takes place from Wednesday September 5 to Sunday September 9.

“This year’s #cocreatePOETICA celebrates three years of partnership between the Dutch Consulate General and the Open Book Festival Poetica programme. Through our national campaign, #cocreateSA, we have established a successful collaboration. Even though our countries differ, there are many parallels in the public and cultural debates on identity, integration and transformation. By cocreating cultural interventions, we have and continue to build mutual understanding and trust between the Netherlands and South Africa,” says Bonnie Horbach, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Previous years have seen Dutch and South African artists collaborate to create performance pieces on issues pertaining to history, language and culture. Last year #cocreatePOETICA took this further with a three-day series of interactions exploring place, language and identity, culminating in an event where results were shared with the public.