Poetry Africa Festival celebrates 25 years under the theme ‘Unmute: Power to the Poet’

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Poetry Africa offers a stage to well-established and upcoming poets. (Supplied)
Poetry Africa offers a stage to well-established and upcoming poets. (Supplied)
  • The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts will host the Poetry Africa International Festival.
  • For the 25th year, the festival sets the stage for poetry with a curatorial focus on quality, variety, renewal, and reflection.
  • The free festival will take place on YouTube and Facebook from 11 to 16 October 2021. 


During a pandemic, we occupy a digital highway in which we can get lost in algorithms generated for us. Here, the poet's role is to help us persevere. Poets can inspire with us their power to show us a different perspective. Therefore, the focus during this year’s festival is 'Unmute: Power to the Poet'.

Poetry Africa offers a stage to well-established and beginning poets and gives audiences an overview of modern poetry's new developments and current topics. For the 25th year in a row, the Poetry Africa festival in Durban sets the stage for poetry with a curatorial focus on quality, variety, renewal, and reflection. 

One can expect over 35 poets during the six-day programme. Their offerings will be presented over five slots daily and feature performances, online engagements, competitions, book launches, seminars, and workshops.

The festival is also running three competitions that are currently open for submissions: Open mic competition, schools competition and Slam Jam competition. For details on how to submit visit poetryafrica.ukzn.ac.za

You can catch Poetry Africa for free on Facebook and YouTube, and the entire programme will be announced closer to the festival. To stay updated, please follow @PoetryAfrica on Twitter and Instagram or like the festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/poetryafrica.

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