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Poetry Weekend

Come and witness captivating poetry in the artists’ haven that is McGregor. The fifth annual Poetry in McGregor is happening from August 25thto 27th. Aimed at promoting community spirit, giving a stage to well-known poets as well as nurturing talented young artists, this special weekend offers poets from all over the chance to shine onstage. With over 90 events, you can expect extraordinary poetry recitals, music events, art and workshops.

There are a great range of poets performing at various venues at this year`s event: Koos Kombuis, Ashley Dowds, Hugh Hodge, John Maytham, Nic de Jager, Kobus Moolman, Lungiswa Nyatyowa, Lerato Sibanda, Philip de Vos, Diana Ferrus, Daniel Hugo, Lara Kirsten, Fanie Olivier, Koos van der Merwe, Mavis Vermaak, Wendy Woodward and many more. A Complete list of all the performing poets can be found at http://mcgregorpoetryfestival.co.za/2017-poets/

Billy Kennedy, Chairman of the Poetry in MGregor committee, believes that Poetry plays an important part in our lives: “Someone once wrote that much of the violence and psychological illness and unease in our society is probably due to poetry deprivation. Bigotry and prejudice and fundamentalism contract the mind, and our world is full of it. Poetry expands the mind. It limbers up the imagination. It does to the mind what Yoga does for the body. Poetry can challenge us, uplift us, reshape us and recreate us. Like no other force it can give us a deeper awareness of one another and our interconnectedness.”’

As part of the Poetry in McGregor Weekend, the MAC project will also be hosting the Schools’ Festival on the morning of Friday 25 August. Over 800 pupils from schools in the village and surrounding areas will be attending the event. Cape Town based artist Ha Man! together with his partner, Joke Debaere, will be presenting music, songs, drama and poetry. The Afrikaans group Ruk!, two dynamic young performers from Cape Town, will also be performing for the children at this exciting event.

For those poets who would like to participate spontaneously a number of Open Mic sessions will also be taking place during the “Poetry in McGregor” weekend. These sessions are hosted by Hugh Hodge (http://hahodge.blogspot.co.za/p/about-me.html) and no tickets or booking are required. Anyone wishing to read or recite their poetry is welcome – from the well-known to budding, new poets.

Poetry Competition: Last year we were delighted to receive hundreds of entries from across the nation. We invite you again to take up your pens. Enrage us, challenge us, uplift us, inspire us. We call all unpublished poets to enter the Poetry in McGregor competition: The theme this year is: Poetry against Poverty. Your entry must reflect this theme. There are two categories:

Adult open category: prize money for winner: R5000.00

School category (open to students grade 7 to 12) – Prize: a brand new iPad.

Entries to be mailed to mcgpoets@gmail.com before 30 July 2017. Please see

www.poetryinmcgregor.co.za for competition details, terms and conditions.

Accommodation: It is advised to book accommodation in advance:

Temenos Retreat: www.temenos.org.za / temenos@lando.co.za / 023 625 1871

McGregor Country Getaways: www.mcgregor-accommodation.co.za / info@mcgregor-accommodation.co.za / 023 625 1409 / 076 411 9477

McGregor Tourism Bureau: www.tourismmcgregor.co.za  / info@tourismmcgregor.co.za / 023 625 1954

McGregor Backpackers: www.mcgregorbackpackers.co.za /083 206 8007

Robertson Tourism Bureau: www.robertsontourism.co.za / info@robertson.org.za / 023 626 4437

Robertson Wine Valley: www.robertsonwinevalley.com / manager@robertsonwinevalley.com / 023 626 3167

Tickets available from Computicket from mid July 2017.

Web and social media:

www.poetryinmcgregor.co.za

https://www.facebook.com/McGregorPoetry/

https://twitter.com/mcgpoetry

https://za.pinterest.com/mcgregorpoetry/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI-ksT9BcSe34670JlWXPKw/feed

Wesgro Cape Town and Western Cape:  http://goto.capetown/home