2016 Tshwane Speak Out Loud

South African Poets Tour Nation’s Capital during National Poetry Month


Washington, DC — Five poets from the City of Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa will visit DC to perform at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival and tour the nation’s capital. All five poets were finalists in the Tshwane Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition that took place in August 2015 when the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team was visiting South Africa. They are touring DC April 13-25, 2016, performing at open mic events, presenting in schools, reading at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival, and featuring at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The delegation of poets consists of 2015 Speak Out Loud Champion, Xabiso Vili, and finalists Xitha Makgeta, Modise Sekgothe, Mthunzikazi Mbungwana, and Mantombi Mnculwane. Their trip is part of an ongoing Sister Cities International agreement between Washington, DC and the City of Tshwane, and is sponsored in part by Split This Rock, the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, and the Executive Offices of the Mayors of both cities.

DC Tour 13-26 April 2016


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Weds. 13 April

Library of Congress

DC City Hall Tour with Ms. Pat Elwood
DC City Hall Tour with Ms. Pat Elwood from DC Mayor’s Office and Mr. Moreki from the South African Embassy

 

Thurs. 14 April

Split This Rock Poetry Festival

 

The Legendary Spit Dat Open Mic
Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid Street NW, Washington, DC

 

 

Fri. 15 April

Split This Rock Poetry Festival

 

 

Sat. 16 April

Split This Rock Poetry Festival

crew at Kennedy Center

 

 

Sun. 17 April

 

Mon. 18 April

Visit and presentation to Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Mantombi speaking at Duke Ellington School of Arts
Mantombi speaking at Duke Ellington School of Arts

 

 

Tues. 19 April

 

 

 

Weds. 20 April

 

Feature performance at Wednesday Verses

Modise at Weds Verses at Chi Cha Lounge
Modise at Weds Verses at Chi Cha Lounge

 

 

Thurs. 21 April

Performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Millennium Stage

Mthunzikazi at Kennedy Center
Mthunzikazi at Kennedy Center
Mantombi at Kennedy Center
Mantombi at Kennedy Center

 

 

Fri. 22 April

 

 

 

 

Sat. 23 April

Freedom Day Braai with the South African Embassy

 

 

 

 

 

Sun. 24 April

Personal home visit with poet E. Ethelbert Miller

 

Tshwane Speak Out Loud at Kennedy Center
Tshwane Speak Out Loud at Kennedy Center

 

Mon. 25 April

Kenendy Center Arts Summit with the Aspen Institute

Kennedy Center post-performance photo
Kennedy Center post-performance photo

 

 

 

Tues. 26 April

Fly home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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