·We believe that it will be appropriate
to hold an event of this magnitude in Maun, the hub of tourism which boasts of
the mighty Okavango Delta. Slam poetry lovers from across the country and
abroad will gather for a feast of spoken word poetry making Maun. Throughout
the years, Poetavango Spoken Word Poetry has induced the art of poetry into the
Maun community. It has, thus, turned Maun into the ‘home of poety.’ The Maun
community, therefore, always respond positively to poetry callings - an artform they can now identify with. This will place our village on the world map and thus show that tranquility and artistic excellence beckons everyone to the country of Botswana, our pride.
·The workshop/symposium will be
facilitated by Botswana’s prominent writers Lauri Kubuitsile and Barolong
Seboni. Poets will interact and share ideas, knowledge and skills. This is
a good way of empowering our local performers. It also helps in sharing our
culture with international audiences. Since both traditional and contemporary
poets will be taking part in this festival, the interaction between the two
will close the gap and help even the audience to appreciate these two approaches
is hosting the second installment of the International Poetry Festival aimed at
promoting the art of slam poetry and storytelling: both powerful and exciting
tools of communication, education and entertainment.
·Performers from Botswana include Ntirelang Berman, Berry Heart, Moletlanyi
Tshipa, Moroka Moreri, Barolong Seboni, Juby Peacock, Dredd X, Kabelo ‘Psycho
Cydd’ Mereyotlhe, Ngwao Putswa, Vygos, King Philosopher, Messenger, Priskath,
Mista Poke, Prophet Caribbean Weed, Stika Sola and many others. We shall
also have Upmost and Blakk Pearl from Zimbabwe, Prince Shapiro and Lesego Blackstar Moeti from South Africa and Miss Quote, a Jamaican writer and performer based in USA. Also to grace stage is the American poetess Corazon. Poetavango
is currently working on bringing in a prominent American poet for the country.
The list is likely to grow. Keep checking this blog for regular updates.