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McGregor poetry festival celebrates its 5th anniversary


MCGREGOR - The fifth annual Poetry in McGregor festival happens from August 25 to 27. 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.


Among the poets performing this year are: 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 and Wendy Woodward.
The theme of the event this year is "Rooted in Heart".
Billy Kennedy, Chairman of the Poetry in McGregor committee, says: “So much of what we have achieved as a committee, with the invaluable support of those poets who have supported us from the onset of our initiative, has been born of heart. We now have NPO status and all our funds are directed to nurturing and growing poetry and supporting various community projects in the village of McGregor.”
As part of the Poetry in McGregor Weekend, the MAC project will also host the Schools’ Festival on the morning of Friday August 25. Over 800 pupils from schools in the village and surrounding areas will attend. Cape Town based artist Ha Man! together with his partner, Joke Debaere, will present music, songs, drama and poetry. The Afrikaans group Ruk!, two dynamic young performers from Cape Town, will also perform for the children.
For those poets who would like to participate spontaneously, there are a number of Open Mic sessions hosted by Hugh Hodge. No tickets or booking are required. Anyone wishing to read or recite their poetry is welcome.
The festival includes a poetry competition, which is open for entries. The theme this year is: Poetry against Poverty and entries must reflect this theme. There are two categories: adult open category: prize money for winner: R5000; school category (open to students grade 7 to 12): prize: an iPad. Entries to be mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 30 July.
See for competition details, terms and conditions.
(Information suplied LK Mediabook)










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