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Giving Poetry Wings 2

Updated: May 25, 2019

// Call for applications for the second edition of Giving Poetry Wings which will be held again at this year's #Creativate Digital Arts Festival in Makhanda //


Wassup fam. We are excited to inform you that Giving Poetry Wings is happening again this year. Last year we launched the program at Creativate Digital Arts Festival, and this year we've decided to take it up to the next level. Last year's edition was a success, and featured a range of talented artists from different backgrounds who came together to create themed work.Due to it's success, we decided to organize it again this year and we've been given the opportunity to so in Makhanda (formerly known as Grahmastwon), just before the National Arts Festival starts. It's definitely one of our favorite initiatives. We'll be sharing some of the work that was created from last year in the next few weeks, so that you have an idea of what to expect.


"Giving Poetry Wings” is a digital art exhibition which will showcase collaborative work between selected poets and digital artists. This will be a result of a hackathon hosted prior to the exhibition, with the aim of creating a space and opportunity for poets to have their work developed beyond paper/ spoken word, as well as for digital artists to create new themed work inspired by literature. You definitely would not want to miss out on how fascinating and beautiful poetry can soar through the augmented reality realm, when it’s given the wings and the opportunity to fly.

We are looking for 12 artists (6 poets/Spoken Word artists and 6 Digital artists/illustrators) who will be part of the second edition of Giving Poetry Wings this year. The workshop - hackathons will take place during this year's Creativate Digital Arts Festival once again in Makhanda (formerly known as Grahamstown).


24th to 27th of June 2019 - Hackathon / Workshops: [Morning & Afternoon sessions]

28th of June 2019 - Augmented Reality Art exhibition : Time to be confirmed

27th of May 2019 - DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS (@23h59)

Venue: Thomas Pringle Hall at the Monument


"Only successful applicants will be contacted no later than the 31st of May."

"Late applications will not be considered"


NB: Please note that we will not be able to provide accommodation for participants this year, so should you not be based in Makhanda, you will have to organize your own transport and accommodation should you get selected. Please take this into consideration before applying, to avoid any inconveniences. We are more than willing to assist you with information that will make planning your itinerary and accommodation as convenient as possible. It's imperative that you ensure you will be able to attend all the workshops as well as the official opening of the exhibition. This year's program is not yet out, but you can check out last year's program in the meantime to get an idea of what will take place this year View/ Download Creativate 2018 program here :


For any inquiries, contact me (TK) on 0822677867 (Call/Whatsapp) / or via email on radioactivetuts@gmail.com . APPLY FOR GIVING POETRY WINGS 2 HERE.



I'm really excited about this year's edition because we'll be tapping into Augmented Reality, so the possibilities and opportunities are endless (Watch video above - courtesy of Bella Volen - to get an idea of what to expect the end product to be). If you know a poet / Digital artists, please share this with them (If you're reading this and you're a poet / digital artists, then make sure you apply). If you're not based in Makhanda (Grahmstown) and you're worried about accommodation, please still feel free to contact me and I will share information on affordable accommodation that you can get, should you get accepted. Last year we had amazing participants from Joburg, Pretoria, Kimberly and Bloem, and the level of expertise of the group of artists varied from experts/ full time professional;s to beginners/ artist who produce art as a hobby. And with all this being said, I hope to read your application soon. If you're in town during the Creativate festival, do feel free to also come through and check out the work created at the exhibition opening. Peace out and stay blessed fam.



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