Naked Word Festival 2017

The 2017 Naked Word poetry and spoken word festival will take place from 8 to 11 June at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective in Observatory, Cape Town. An event deeply implanted in Cape Town’s art scene as well as South Africa’s performance art community: The Naked Word festival attracts the attendance of poets and audience from all over the country. The theme for this second annual Naked Word Festival is “I Speak of My Inherit-Age”. Festival organizer, Mbongeni Nomkonwana says that this is a much-needed conversation: “history has displaced many South Africans, culturally and physically. We want to place ourselves culturally, but that demands a re-shape of our understanding of ‘culture’. We are acknowledging that many stories and histories dissipated during colonisation and the new South African dispensation. We are redefining culture as generational, and we are employing live poetry, music and dialogue to do this”. The Naked Word Festival is presented by Lingua Franca Poetry Movement: a spoken word company based in Cape Town and funded by Western Cape Government, Department of the Premier. Other sponsors and partners include Bush Radio, Artscape Theatre, Grounding Sessions, Theatre Arts admin Collective and The Radioactive Blog. The official programme is available on the festival website. And tickets are for sale on Webtickets. 8 June is a free show at Grounding Sessions, Drawing Room Website: www.poetryfestival.co.za or www.linguafrancapoetry.co.za Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LinguaFcanca Twitter: https://twitter.com/LinguaPoetry
  • Date
    08 June 2017
  • Time
    19:30
  • Venue
    Theatre Arts Admin Collective
  • Admission
    Festival Pass Early Bird Special R250 until 15th May
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  • Naked Word Festival 2017

    Theatre Arts Admin Collective

    19:30
    08 June 2017
    Festival Pass Early Bird Special R250 until 15th May
  • The 2017 Naked Word poetry and spoken word festival will take place from 8 to 11 June at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective in Observatory, Cape Town. An event deeply implanted in Cape Town’s art scene as well as South Africa’s performance art community: The Naked Word festival attracts the attendance of poets and audience from all over the country. The theme for this second annual Naked Word Festival is “I Speak of My Inherit-Age”. Festival organizer, Mbongeni Nomkonwana says that this is a much-needed conversation: “history has displaced many South Africans, culturally and physically. We want to place ourselves culturally, but that demands a re-shape of our understanding of ‘culture’. We are acknowledging that many stories and histories dissipated during colonisation and the new South African dispensation. We are redefining culture as generational, and we are employing live poetry, music and dialogue to do this”. The Naked Word Festival is presented by Lingua Franca Poetry Movement: a spoken word company based in Cape Town and funded by Western Cape Government, Department of the Premier. Other sponsors and partners include Bush Radio, Artscape Theatre, Grounding Sessions, Theatre Arts admin Collective and The Radioactive Blog. The official programme is available on the festival website. And tickets are for sale on Webtickets. 8 June is a free show at Grounding Sessions, Drawing Room Website: www.poetryfestival.co.za or www.linguafrancapoetry.co.za Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LinguaFcanca Twitter: https://twitter.com/LinguaPoetry
  • Umnqophiso kaBabalwa + Lingua Franca’s Birthday

    Magnet Theatre

    16h00-19h00
    11 December 2016
    R120
  • Umnqophiso ka Babalwa is Babalwa Makwethu's first solo show produced by Lingua Franca. She will be performing her original music and some of Lingua Franca's most loved songs. The event will also feature Lingua Franca's resident poets and musicians as part of our 4th year birthday celebrations. So come join us for an afternoon of Music, Poetry, Food, Wine and Great Conversations. Umnikelo: R120 incl. Dinner and a glass of wine/juice
  • Naked Word Festival

    Magnet Theatre, Corner Lwr Main Road & Saint Michaels Road, Observatory, Cape Town

    All Weekend
    20 May 2016
    Weekend Pass - R200
  • We are organising the Western Cape’s first and only festival dedicated purely to spoken word. The Naked Word Festival will serve as an affirmation, a declaration and an exploration of the future of a distinctly South African poetry. This festival will celebrate a new century of spoken word poets actively redefining South African literature, in both its oral and written forms, by highlighting young poets from different cities, backgrounds and cultures who are pushing the boundaries towards a new language, sound and aesthetic that expresses and reflects our current realities, struggles, and bare truths. In stripping away any and all adornments and superficiality, the Naked Word Festival will seek to uncover and rediscover contemporary South Africa poetry in its most raw and essence. The Naked Word Festival officially opens on the 20th May, but includes a teaser on the 19th with a collaboration with existing weekly poetry platform, Grounding Sessions, which will feature Mutle Mothibe and Nomashenge Dlamini along with an open mic. Festival attendees will see performances by a range of top local and national artists, including the widely-celebrated Johannesburg-based poets, Mutle Mothibe and Xabiso Vili, who have gained critical prominence in the national poetry scene, as well as Durban-based, Nomashenge Dlamini. Also featuring are the Cape Town-based heavy-hitters, Khanyiso Mabodla, Dejavu Tafari, Sipho Ndebele, and Roche Kester. The festival will also showcase the Cape Youth Poetry Hub for Expression & Rhythm (CYPHER), a collective of youth poets (ages 15-20) who are currently marking a new chapter in South African poetry.
  • City Walks Saturdays Public Performance

    St Andrew’s Square (Prestwich Memorial), Greenpoint, Cape Town

    13h00-14h00
    16 April 2016
    Free
  • On Saturday 16th April catch Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement performing at St Andrew’s Square,Prestwich Memorial(see map below for directions) as part of City Walks Saturdays Public Performance hosted by Cape Town Partnership. The performance will be an hour long 13:00-14:00 and it is mahala. The Line up will feature Poets Anele Kose Lwanda Sindaphi Lesego Sego Mkhize Mbongeni Tshenolo Nomkonwana Javier Perez Musicians Babalwa Zimbini Embo Markquetoo Ngcwalisa Afurikah Maqekeza Zama Qambi Aphiwe Nyezi
  • Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards

    Baxter Theatre, Rondebosch

    18h00-21h00
    20 March 2016
    R200
  • With great honour, Lingua Franca will perform and serve as the host band at the 51th Fleur Du Cape Theatre Awards. The annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards will be celebrating with a glamorous red carpet event where you will be spoilt not only with a chance to mingle with celebrities but you will be treated with world class entertainment, delicious food and the finest Fleur du Cap Wines - all included in the ticket price.
  • InZync Poetry Celebration

    Amazink in Kayamandi

    19h30
    11 March 2016
    R50 (computicket)/R60 (door)
  • As part of Woodfees 2016, Lingua Franca will perform in the Inzync Poetry Celebration, alongside the BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness), Shirmoney Rhode, Rondelda S Kamfer, and Pieter Odendaal.
  • Lingua Franca Presents “The CYPHER”

    Tembisa Ratanga, Site B, TR Section, Khayelitsha

    13h00
    05 March 2016
    R40
  • In celebration of youth voices, we proudly present "The CYPHER" (Cape Youth Poetry Hub for Expression & Rhythm), Lingua Franca's new programme for young spoken word artists. Some of Cape Town's top emerging poets will perform alongside the famed Lingua Franca band in an unforgettable display of the transformative power and potency of youth poetry. Join us in welcoming this next generation of poets!
  • Indumiso Zothando

    Black Box Theatre (Rent Office)

    18h00
    20 February 2016
    R40
  • During the month of love, Lingua Franca will bring to you a special Valentines Day production. In music and poetry, we bear witness to love, its revelations and contradictions. "Indumiso Zothando" celebrates the divinity of love, unpacks its difficulties and attempts to put to words the profoundly indescribable.
  • Indumiso Zothando (Love Psalms)

    Alexander Bar

    19h00
    19 February 2016
    R100
  • During the month of love, Lingua Franca will bring to you a special Valentines Day production. In music and poetry, we bear witness to love, its revelations and contradictions. "Indumiso Zothando" celebrates the divinity of love, unpacks its difficulties and attempts to put to words the profoundly indescribable.
  • Umzila ka Moya (Spirit’s Path)

    Artscape Arena

    19:00
    28 November 2015
    Free
  • Lingua Franca will showcase “Umzila ka Moya”, a new production that takes audiences on a journey through the complexities, difficulties and beauty underlying identity, heritage, and ancestry. It is an interrogation of the historical contingencies, familial circumstances and social realities that make the ‘clan name’ a site for contestation, celebration, pain, loss, and belonging, all simultaneously. In this production, wounds are both opened and attended to, as we continue on this never-ending journey to (re)define ourselves and understand our origins. This is a challenge to trace the footprints of those who came before us, courageously acknowledging how Western Civilisation led many into identity crises.