The 2018 Naked Word Festival is an expanded version of last year’s event.

Mbongeni Nomkonwana, MD of Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement which organises the showcase, says that they are excited for this year’s instalment of the popular festival. “Last year, poets from all over the country came together to celebrate poetry and spoken word and we expect this year’s festival to be even bigger”. Naked Word 2018 will run from 20 to 24 June, 2018, in Observatory, Cape Town.

Performance by the CYPHER at 2017 Naked Word Festival
Performance by the CYPHER

Grounding Sessions

The festival kicks off at Café Ganesh in Observatory on 20 June 2018 for Grounding Sessions featuring nationally-renowned poets – Anele Kose, Sabelo Soko, Wazi Kunene, Mthunzikazi Mbungwana, Thando Fuze, Torsten Clear Rybka and MoAfrika ‘a Mokgathi.

And on 21 June 2018, Cape Town’s longest running poetry event, Off The Wall Poetry Sessions features Louise Westerhout. The official 2018 Naked Word Festival opening will take place on Friday, 22 June 2018 at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective.

Siphesethu Phikelela at Naked Word Festival 2017
Siphesethu Phikelela at Naked Word Festival 2017

Theme – ‘In my blood, I contain multitudes’

Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement’s Artistic Director, Lwanda Sindaphi, will direct various featured artists from the 2018 Naked Word Festival in a special performance to introduce this year’s theme, ‘In my blood, I contain multitudes’.

Saturday, 23 June 2018 will be jam-packed with the poetry of the youth: Sgela youth poetry slam, the official Naked Word Festival poetry competition – Naked Slam, a showcase from the CYPHER. The night will close with the Naked Word Poetry Session featuring Lingua Franca Band with Mthunzikazi Mbongwana, Afeefa Omar, Lee Mokobe, Anele Kose, Tauriq Jenkins, Torsten Clear Rybka and MoAfrika ‘a Mokgathi.

The last day of the festival, 24 June 2018 will begin with a panel discussion on the topic, ‘Far Away from Home’ highlighting the lived experiences of those who have left home in search of new lives in new lands.

Afeefaa Omar, Western Cape Provincial Slam Champion at Naked Word Festival 2017
Afeefaa Omar, Western Cape Provincial Slam Champion

‘Rioters in Session’

The 2018 Naked Word Festival will be closed by the popular poetry showcase, Rioters in Session, curated by artist and poet, Khanyisile Mbongwa and featuring Siphokazi Jonas, Ashley Makue, Allison-Claire Hoskins and Jolyn Phillips.

What: The 2018 Naked Word Festival
When: 20 to 24 June 2018
Where: Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa
Book tickets: www.webtickets.co.za
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