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The 7th African Women Writers Symposium: Joburg and Durban Programme

Author: JT Comms
Date: 30 Nov 2021

The 7th African Women Writers Symposium: Joburg and Durban Programme

The programme is supported by The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC)

The 7th African Women Writers Symposium (AWWS) has a very exciting programme and one of the draw cards is undoubtedly the multi-award winning American poet and writer, Patricia Smith who has been called “a testament to the power of words to change lives.”

Ms Patricia Smith will present the keynote address, in Memoriam Lecture for Nobel Laureate, Nadine Gordimer, on Saturday 4th December at 4pm to 5.30pm Sharp! This day long event hosted by the AWWS, has over the years hosted the In Memoriam Lecture for Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer with various acclaimed international writers. Unlike other years, given the pandemic there will be a limit on the number of seats available to the public to physically attend the Johannesburg and Durban events whilst streaming of the in memoriam Nadine Gordimer lecture will be free and open to the public. Strict Covid regulations will be adhered to.

This year’s event will take place on 4 December 2021, and falls within the country’s 16 days of activism against gender based violence. It will end in Durban on the 12 December with a musical programme. Both these activities will be hybrid events and promises to be both educational and entertaining.

Joburg 4 Dec 2021: 10am to 9pm @Soweto Theatre

The AWWS in Joburg kicks off with a day-long programme at the Soweto Theatre on Saturday 4 December. It begins with a Poetry Workshop hosted by Silke Heiss and Rochè Kester. This will be followed by a talk and discussion presented by customary law expert Nomboniso Gasa and Prof Farid Esack entitled: Gender Equality: Challenges of building a cultural and religious diverse nation, focusing on aspects of African customary law and practices and Muslim personal law. (1.45 to 3.30pm)

The evening session will conclude with a cultural evening of poetry and music, with both young and established poets such as Busisiwe Mahlangu, Melissa Moyo, Zandile Caroline Sibanda, Noluthando Mkhungo and Silke Heiss together with singers and musicians Leomile, Themby Khumalo, House sensation Thabsie and violinist Neo Motsatse with the all female string septet Black Girl Magic. The programme is free but reservations are essential.

Durban 12 December 2021 -2.pm  to 5pm. (Sunday)@Amazulu Gardens Kloof, Durban

On Sunday 12 December, the African Women Writers Symposium travels to Durban with a special concert of Afro Jazz at the Amazulu Gardens and Sculpture Precinct in Kloof with awarding winning and multi talented singer and trombone player Siya Makuzeni and her trio. Afro Arts SA is partnering with Amazulu Gardens on this programme. Also featuring  zulu and jazz guitar maestro, Bheki Khosa and his band, The Bheki Khosa Trio will also feature jazz singer Xolisa Dlamini and Zimbawean singer and imbira player Hope Masike and the amazing Durban based poets Thando Fuze, Sindiswa Lady Africa Zulu and from Pietermaritzburg Luleka Mhlanzi. Tickets available at Web Tickets (R120 per ticket)

Issued by JT Communication Solutions on behalf of Afro Arts SA and the African Women Writers Symposium

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Note to Editor

1. The Nadine Gordimer In Memorium lecture in the past hosted the following high profiled writers: Leila Abouleila (Egypt/Sudan), Gillian Slovo (UK/SA), Aminata Forna (Sierra Leon/UK), Lorna Goodison (Jamaica) among others.

2. The AWWS has just completed a successful educational arts programme in Modimolle, Limpopo.

3. These activities are supported by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC).

5) Tickets for the Afro Jazz concert at Amazulu Gardens in Kloof, Durban are available at Web Ticket and cost R120.00

6) To attend the African Women Writers Symposium at the Soweto Theatre, please rsvp to: afroartsurban@gmail.com

7) The Nadie Gordimer Lecture will also be live streamed for free on the following platforms:

Facebook: African Women Writers Network

Facebook: Joburg Theatre

Weblink url: afroarts.co.za

Patricia Smith (USA): She is the author of eight books of poetry, including Incendiary Art (2017), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, an NAACP Image Award and finalist for both the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012), which won the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Blood Dazzler (2008), a chronicle of the human and environmental cost of Hurricane Katrina which was nominated for a National Book Award and Teahouse of the Almighty, a 2005 National Poetry Series selection published by Coffee House Press. In 2021 she was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

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