This December, Badilisha Poetry X-Change will be hosting a poetry event to celebrate the end of the Badilisha Road Trip. The Badilisha Poetry Pan-African event will take place on December 4th 2015 at The Beautiful Life, located at 70 – 72 Bree Street in Cape Town. It will feature a host of award winning internationally acclaimed poets from South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Ethiopia and beyond. This event is taking place with the support of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO).
In July this year, Badilisha Poetry X-Change started out on the ambitious project to travel to eight African cities in order to meet and record the work of the poets who live and work in those cities. The #BPXRoadTrip began in Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown in South Africa’s Eastern Cape and then continued to Johannesburg; Gaborone and Maun in Botswana; then travelled North to Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar and Addis Ababa in East Africa. The main motive of these travels was to actively grow the archive, currently the largest online collection of pan African poetry on the planet. However, the exercise also provided Badilisha with insight into how the poetry scene functioned in different parts of the continent. Badilisha also held poetry workshops in Maun and Dar Es Salaam which were facilitated by the renowned local poets in each respective city.
Badilisha invites poetry enthusiasts based in Cape Town to join in celebrating the continued growth of poetry on the continent in an evening of poetic reflections and performances. Futher details about the performing poets will be released on ourFacebook and Twitter platforms.