In August 2015, Cape Town and Washington D.C. came together as Lingua Franca hosted internationally-renowned Split This Rock (and the award-winning DC Youth Slam Team) for a youth poetry exchange programme. Split This Rock brought 6 youth poets, 3 alums, and 2 adult teaching artists, including 2015 NPS Slam Champion, Elizabeth Acevedo, to exchange with Lingua Franca poets and our newly recruited CYPHER youth poets. The journey focused on the intersections of social justice and poetry, exploring how our two cities share common struggles and how the poetry of provocation and witness can promote change.


The exchange included workshops, cultural and museum excursions, and a collaborative performance at the Theatre and Arts Admin Collective in Observatory. The exchange proved to be a life-changing experience for both Washington D.C and Cape Town youth poets alike. 


Special thanks to our sponsors and partners: the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports; the Department of Social Development; the Cape Town Central Library; the U.S. Consulate; the Theatre and Arts Admin Collective.


Lingua Franca plans to build on the success of this project by hosting another exchange in 2016.


2015: August | 2016: TBC