Spier Poetry Festival 2016: dancing in other words with photos and videos

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Read an overview of the festival

Read about protest at the festival

The third Spier Poetry Festival dancing in other words, took place on Saturday, 7 May.


Breyten Breytenbach


Keorapetse Willie Kgositsile


Dominique Botha


Keorapetse Willie Kgositsile


Breyten Breytenbach


Yvette Christiansë


Maram al-Masri


Neo Muyanga and Hans C ten Berge


Adrian van Wyk and Bibi Slippers


Kirby van der Merwe


Catherine du Toit


Pieter Odendaal


Francis Galloway, editor of LitNet Akademies (Geesteswetenskappe), and Matthias Brenzinger, director of CALDi (Centre for African Language Diversity), UCT


James Matthews


Eureka Barnard, SASNEV

Kirby van der Merwe and Yvette Christiansë


Hans C ten Berge


Bibi Slippers


Efe Paul Azino


Desmond Painter


Festival musical director Neo Muyanga


Georges Lory

Video: Keorapetse Willie Kgositsile

Video: Maram al-Masri


Georges Lory reads poetry by the French poet and philosopher Michel Deguy who could not attend the festival.

Video: Breyten Breytenbach, with Schalk Joubert and Laurinda Hofmeyr


The Siyaya Choristers performed the at the evening's poetry reading.


Siyaya Choristers


Siyaya Choristers


Siyaya Choristers


Yvette Christiansë

Video: Efe Paul Azino

Video: James Matthews


Yvette Christiansë and James Matthews

Video: Hans C ten Berge


Also read:

Protes by die dansende digtersfees

Naomi Meyer
Seminare en essays

"Wat is die poësie dan anders as protes?"


Spier Poetry Festival 2016: Poets’ Welcome Dinner

Naomi Bruwer
Books and writers

dancing in other words / dansende digtersfees is an annual international poetry event, curated by Breyten Breytenbach, Dominique Botha and composer Neo Muyanga. This year's participating poets were introduced at a special Poets’ Welcome Dinner at Spier on Sunday, 1 May.

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