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  • Writer's pictureThuthukani "TK" Ndlovu

Radioactive Poetry 1.3

// Vrystaat Arts Festival - Poetry panel discussion; Puno Selesho ; Thrive Conversations; The Last Poets; Page Poetry Alive //

Wassup wassup fam. It's another beautiful day, and we got a lot of beautiful poetry coming your way. The culture of sharing and consuming poetry online continues on these online streets, so there's no reason for you to be starved off the amazing content that wordsmiths from around the world have to offer. Let me give you a bit of a heads up on what to look out for over the next few days/ weeks.

Tomorrow - the 20th of May - the Vrystaat Kunstefees will be hosting their weekly online engagement (which takes place every Wednesday), and for this month the engagements are under the name "Meanings in May". The topic for tomorrow's panel discussion is Poetry, and we'll be talking about how poetry has been shared and received online ever since the lock-down started, as well as issues sustainability and publishing poetry. I will actually be facilitating this panel discussion, which starts at 2pm until 3.30pm (SAST), and we got a number of amazing creatives within the Poetry industry that will be sharing information on what they've done, and how the industry can continue to grow and be sustainable, especially since this pandemic does not seem like it's going anywhere anytime soon. If you would like to attend the discussion, please RSVP with Isabel lock ( before 5pm today (that's about one hour before Puno Selesho's Instagram Take over on Three Ships Whisky's account, but we'll talk about that soon).

Some of the guest speakers on the panel - with reference to the people in the image above - include Anthonoy Molosi (Vice Chairperson of Poetavango, a spoken word poet and corporate emcee from Botswana), JahRose Nthabiseng Jafta (Poet, Publisher & Director of SunPeo Productions from Bloemfontein, South Africa), Destro Fundanga (Poet and Rapper from Zambia), Morset Billie (Events Director at Page Poetry Alive and rapper from Zimbabwe), Ishmael Sibiya (Executive Director of Hear My Voice from South Africa) and last but not least, Xabiso Vili (Performer, Author and Social Activist from South Africa). The conversation will be on Zoom, and I can't wait for it to begin. Please don't forget to RSVP with Isabel before 5pm today.

After you've RSVPd, you should then check out Three Ships Whisky's Instagram account because Puno Selesho will be sharing some #WordsThatGrow at 6.30PM. Please note that this is happening today (the 19th of May). She'll also be talking about all things on "Hope and Humanity", so it's definitely gonna be a great experience. You can click on the above image to go directly to Instagram page closer to the time to watch The Puno Selesho Take Over. If you haven't listened to her poetry album "Words that Grow" then click here to listen/ purchase it on Spotify. It's definitely worth 26 minutes and 58 seconds of your life. #MadeExceptionalMadeHere

Well, I'll actually be watching Puno's session late because I'm going to be part of an online conversation hosted by South South Collective at 6pm (SAST). This is great online conversation that you can also tune into before Puno goes live. The South South Collective is an artist and cultural practitioner led, business to business collaboration platform, that convenes and connects artists, creatives and cultural workers across the 134 countries of the Global South (and their headquarters are in Kingston, Jamaica). They advocate for and contribute to the development of the creative industries internationally,aiming especially to strengthen the position of creatives who are citizens of the Global South. Last month, they started hosting online engagements called "Thrive Conversations" which take place every Tuesday, and today I will be in conversation with Cyndi Marshall fro Frenetic Arts. If you attended the Vrystaat Literature Festival poetry program last year, you will recognize her name because she came through to Bloem with her amazing team of talented wordsmiths.

South South Collective started these online conversations to "hear from artists, creatives and arts and cultural organisations around the globe, who are thinking and innovating their way out of COIVD 19 - the THRIVERS!". The topic for our discussion today is "Translantic Perspectives on Poetry", and we'll be sharing a bit of poetry as well. If you'd like to join the conversation, please follow this link for the instructions (and it's advisable to start logging in 30 minutes before it starts in case of any inconveniences): How to join Thrive Conversation. See you soon.

Now, after Thrive Sessions and Puno's Live session on Instagram, there's still some amazing poetry you can get before you hit the lights. Today, the Universal Hip Hop Museum and Video Music Box in association with the Seeds of The Last Poets Productions will host a virtual event titled “Bridging The Gap: An Evening of Conversation with the Last Poets,” honoring the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking group’s self-titled debut. Special guests include KRS-One, Chuck D, Black Thought, Chubb Rock, Doug E Fresh. Jadakiss, Rapsody and Smif-N-Wessun, among others. This is a free online event, which will include their website re-launch . The event is in partnership with SOB's and the Universal Hip Hop Museum. Click here / the image above for more info. The line up is lit.

Moving on, Page Poetry Alive will be hosting #IsolationStories on Friday the 22nd of May featuring a number of poets, from Mozambique, Malawi, UK as well as SA. Unlike times when they live-streamed their previous live shows, this time they will bring you an online session from the poet's home right to yours. This is definitely something to look out for, so do make sure you set a reminder, and get your couch ready. You can like their Facebook page here to stay up to date with what they have planned for their program. I definitely can't to tune in.

That's about it for today, but not for the week. I'll be publishing Radioactive Poetry 1.4 tomorrow, so be on the look out for that as well. Don't forget to tag The Radioactive Blog whenever you're having a live poetry session so that we can host a watch party on our page and let the people know. Stay safe, and let's connect on Twitter and Instagram @2tukani.


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