The annual international poetry event Spier Poetry Festival “Dancing in other words” was presented by Stellenbosch wine farm Spier in partnership with the Pirogue Collective, of which Breyten Breytenbach is a founding member.

Poetry and the reflections of award-winning international literary figures, political dissidents, activists and a Nobel Prize frontrunner filled the Spier Manor House and Old Wine Cellar in a two-day event curated by Breyten Breytenbach.

A Poetry Reading, in two parts, was presented in the Spier Old Wine Cellar on Friday 10 May from 6.30pm and on Saturday 11 May from 6.30pm. The Readings were directed and choreographed by theatre director Marthinus Basson, with musical direction by composer and musician, Neo Muyanga.

Participants at this already prestigious annual event included a host of international and local word poets like Ko Un (South Korea), David Shulman (Israel), Hans van de Waarsenburg (Holland), Carolyn Forché (USA), Tomaz Salamun (Slovenia), Joachim Sartorius (Germany), Yang Lian (China), André Naffis-Sahely (Italy/Iran), Dele Olojede and Kole Omotoso (Nigeria), and Nic Dawes, Antjie Krog, Petra Müller, Antony Osler, Gunther Pakendorf and Marlene van Niekerk (South Africa).

If the creative spirit of this year’s event is continued next year, we at go4word already look forward to book this date on our calendars.

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