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AIDS POETRY (article first published : 2000-07-5)

As part of the XIII International AIDS Conference's Amasiko cultural programme, the Kwa Muhle Museum will host two evenings of poetry, storytelling and music featuring local and international performers. The events will offer a platform in keeping with the conference theme of "Break the Silence" and will feature, among others, Professor Pitika Ntuli, Nise Malange, Prof Ari Sitas, Kobus Moolman, Eric Hadebe, Lena Schlajmuilder, Sibusiso Dube, Wiseman Ngcobo, Dr Betty Govinden, Robert Balfour, Mandisa Ngobese and Phila Myeni.

"The range and diversity of the poets are astounding and judging by recent workshop sessions, the poetry evenings promise to be something special," said Lorelle Royeppen, KwaMuhle's education officer. Contributions by poets who are unable to be present will be available for audience members to read so that as many voices as possible will be heard. Audience participation will be encouraged, with people invited to participate in 'open mike' sessions.

The Museum will also display exhibitions with a focus on youth and children. This will include a mixed-media banner made by Ningizimu School for the SMH; a display of 50 posters selected from workshops involving 500 children in India, and a range of poetry written by youth currently in penitentiaries in the United States. Creative arts workshops using these exhibitions are presently being planned for youth at the Thuthukani shelter.

Members of the public are invited to attend the poetry evenings on July 11 and 13 at 18h00. Admission is free.




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