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Badalisha Poetry X-Change : Live!

Based in Cape Town, Badilisha Live has hosted a range of week-long poetry interventions that proudly showcased poets from the African continent and its Diaspora.

Each live intervention has focused on stretching performance poetry beyond entertainment into mediums for social activism. This has been achieved both from the chosen poets but more importantly through the conduct of workshops, seminars and poet master classes. These approaches have allowed poets featured at the performance sessions to share their skills and insights, and to network with local poetry groups, individual poets and relevant NGOs or arts and cultural organisations. Activities have also included an annual May 25th Africa Day celebration.

The 2010 line up, hosted five phenomenal poets from the 18th to 25th May. The event started with the X-Change programme, reached a fever pitch of words over two evenings of performance, and culminated in the 25th May Africa Day Celebration. The five poets are featured in podcasts and interviews on Badilisha Poetry Radio. For more information on Badilisha events explore our Badilisha Live Archive and Gallery.

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Badilisha Live events are a platform for poetry enthusiasts and poets to reflect on this art form whilst enjoying the excellence of live performance. Since the liberating forces of performance and spokenword  poetic styles, the art form has become more accessible to a wider audience. Poetry, like all art forms, needs to be celebrated as well as critiqued and in the spirit of exchange, live performances in combination with conversations and skills sharing, can be such a space. The events featured on this section of the Badilisha Poetry website are residues of the live poetry events held in and around Cape Town, South Africa since 2008.