Poetavango Promises Grandeur

| June 9, 2015

The annual Maun International Arts Festival (MIAF V) slated for October 24-27 promises a series of breathtaking shows.

Poetavango events manager, Thato Molosi revealed at their annual general meeting recently that the show would attract about 30 local artists and international acts from South Africa, Lesotho, United States of America (USA), Australia, Germany, Zimbabwe and England.

The festival, which is organised by Poetavango, plans to promote performance, literary and visual arts, and enhance cultural tourism and cultural exchange, among others. Arts lovers will enjoy generous servings of poetry, jazz and folk music, theatre, as well as contemporary and traditional dance.

Molosi further promised an event packed with workshops for writers, poets and musicians, as well as exhibitions of food, books, visual arts and crafts during the week-long festivities.

The chairperson of Poetavango, Legodile Seganabeng said that the Poetavango Poetry Movement has grown in leaps and bounds since it started with about three poets in 2008.

He pointed out that Poetavango rebranded the annual event in the past two years from Maun International Poetry Festival to Maun International Arts Festival (MIAF) to be more inclusive of all arts genres. Furthermore, he said the poetry movement has been engaged in a community project with Bana Ba Letsatsi, a centre which helps vulnerable children in Maun, since 2014.

Seganabeng said Poetavango nurtured the children in writing and performing arts, a platform he said helps the children express themselves and show their talent.

He highlighted that the series of events during last year’s festival were successful and memorable, citing the Inter Slam poetry show, the Back to Our Roots folklore show, the writers workshop as well as a show for students with disabilities at Thuso Rehabilitation Centre.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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