Alex Poetry Festival

Friday 24 September 2021

Venue: Alexsan Resource Centre

Time: 10:00

Entry: Book your free ticket on 079 974 7178

(Due to Covid-19 regulations and safety protocol, only those who booked will be allowed entry)

Alex Arts Academy in partnership with Arts Alive present the Alex Poetry Festival under the theme “Poets reflecting on the past and present”. The festival brings together young and old poets from all the regions across Gauteng. This is more than a festival of tongue twisters or wordsmith – it is the gathering of minds where issues affecting society will be looked at through poetry. Participants will be stringing words together to form sounds, images, messages and ideas that might be too abstract to describe. Taking place on the 24th of September on Heritage Day, the poetry festival will be Alex Arts Academy’s contribution in celebrating the country’s heritage through poetry. This is also a great way to celebrate all our languages. The festival is part of Alex Youth Festival, celebrating poetry, theatre and dance. The 24th of September will focus on poetry, while theatre and dance will be on the 16th of October respectively.

The festival will also include workshops and panel discussions focusing on the role of poetry presented by esteemed and leading poets: Lesego Rampolokeng, Napo Masheane and Mak Manaka. On stage we will have great poets of our time including but not limited to Jack Mabokachaba from Central Johannesburg, Refilwe Pieterse from Alexandra, Albion Shikwambana from Region A, Nhlanhla Sithole Region D, Mr. Mackeloggs Sompisi from Region E, Ms. Nomfundo Khambule from Central Johannesburg and Matome Rampedi from Tshwane.

These esteemed poets will express their thoughts about the past and the present through spoken word. We hold the view that over the last few years, poetry has grown and poets have taken centre stage in addressing social issues through the medium. The role of poetry over the years has proven that this medium is one of the most effective ways to reflect on society. In the past, the poets rose against Apartheid and spread the message all over the world about the injustices that were happening in our country.

However, in light of what is happening in our society, we are asking the poets to use this festival as a mechanism to make their voices as loud as possible. This is because the voices of poets are needed more now than ever before and they have to take center stage, tackling the present issues in our society, reflecting on the past and giving direction for the future. This festival is a call to poets to raise of their voices to ask questions and to ask society to reflect. “Poetry is not only a powerful means of expression but it is also an effective way of resonating with society and Alex Poetry Festival is a platform for this medium to act as a mirror to our society by catalyzing conversations,” says Mpho Molepo, Founder of Alex Arts Academy.

The festival boasts the best of our time, they will be spitting fire, words turning into flames and burning in our souls, while mobilizing, conscientizing, asking questions, and empowering us to be analytical and critically engage our environment.

Alex Arts Academy has positioned itself as the epicentre for creativity. The Academy has produced successful festivals, conferences, events, workshops and holds full-time and part-time performing arts training. The Academy takes pride in hosting successful artistic festivals that attract larger numbers. We also take pride in producing thought provoking performances that force the audience to reflect. We attract audiences from Alexandra, the province and outside of Gauteng. Our relationship with Arts Alive Festival has provided a platform where artists can create, be seen and heard, while making the arts accessible to the community of Alexandra.

“The City of Joburg through its flagship festival; Arts Alive has been a great partner over the years with the Academy and we appreciate this relationship that benefits artists and society at large. It is encouraging to see the City of Joburg taking the lead in making the arts accessible in communities. It is heart-warming to know that the people of Alexandra can consume the arts at their doorstep,” adds Moses Rasekele D, Managing Director of Alex Arts Academy.