Centre for Creative Arts – Poetry Africa (WPM)

Contact: Peter Rorvik
Organizers:  Centre for Creative Arts – Poetry Africa

Venue:  The Green Hub
City: Durban
Province: KwaZulu-Natal
Contact: cca@ukzn.ac.za
Organized by World Poetry Movement

The 24th of September is Heritage Day and the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and Poetry Africa, will take this opportunity to focus on creating awareness on our Environmental Heritage. The picnic event will take place under the blue skies, at Durban’s Green Hub, an environmental sanctuary nestled among trees near the mouth of the Umngeni River which leads into the Indian ocean.The public which will assemble on this day will take part, in a river-bank clean up of the surrounding area, a poetry weaving session where everybody will be able to take part by writing on a sheet of cloth a few lines of poetry focusing on the subject of the environment, musical items, an opportunity to perform their own poetry in the open mic section lead by the city’s prominent poets namely, Mama Gcina Mhlophe, Sakhile Shabalala and Busiswa Gqulu and close this all off with a public screening of an environmental film.

All the poets of Durban young and old are invited to this event as we intend on reaching as huge a group of locals as possible in a collaborative effort to unite in raising environmental awareness.






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8 Responses to Centre for Creative Arts – Poetry Africa (WPM)

  1. Monica says:

    Here are a few more images from the event on 24 September, Poetry Africa and 100,000 Poets for Change event

  2. Monica says:


    A 100,000 Poets for Change event was presented in Durban, South Africa by Poetry Africa and the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), in association with the World Poetry Movement, and with support by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund. The theme was the environmental challenges. In South Africa, water is a precious and scarce resource, and what we got in Durban on 24 September was RAIN! This was great for the environment but not for our outdoor event. Less than an hour of activity was possible before the sound company and safety officer closed the event. Despite the rain about 80 to 100 people turned up and we managed one number by the band, and poems by MC’s Busisiwa Gqulu, Sakhile Shabalala and representatives of local poetry groups before popular South African poet and storyteller Gcina Mhlophe warmed the spirits of those who stayed. Attendees wrote lines of poetry for an artwork under construction and signatures were collected for the World Poetry Movement http://www.wpm2011.org and Moving Planet 350.org. Thanks to all!

    Some pics and video will be uploaded soon. See http://www.cca.ukzn.ac.za for more about the upcoming Poetry Africa festival in Durban (17-22 October)

    and the Poetry Africa tour to Malawi, Zimbabwe, Johannesburg and Cape Town (8-15 October).


  3. Monica says:

    Hope you check out our video flyer of the poets and event — it deserves to be put on the video pages!


  4. Monica says:

    http://youtu.be/eUUuXFy-VFc is a link to our Poetry Africa 100,000 Poets for Change Video flyer .. here is the code to embed it

  5. CCA says:

    Wonderful thanks for posting this and do visit our Poetry Africa festival http://www.cca.ukzn.ac.za!

    Also on Facebook, and on Twitter – @PoetryAfrica

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