Tshwane Speak Out Loud is a youth poetry competition and festival which encourages youth to write and perform poetry that addresses the social issues faced by their communities. It was launched on the 1st of August 2015 and saw about 80 youth poets from Tshwane compete in elimination rounds on the day. The finals took place a week later, on the 8th of August 2015 where 10 finalists from the elimination rounds battled it out to be crowned the 2015 Tshwane Speak Out Loud Champion and Tshwane's Top poet. Xabiso Vili came out victorious and was awarded R20 000 cash, Xitha Makgetha came in second place and was awarded R10 000 cash, Modise Sekgote took 3rd place and walked away with R5 000.
In addition to the cash prizes, the top 3 poets, along with two other poets who were in the top 10, Mthunzikazi Mbungwana and Mantombi Mnculwane went on a two week poetry exchange and tour in Washington DC, USA.They got to perform in some of DC's biggest stages such as the millenium stage at the Kennedy Center of the performing arts, Busboys and Poets as well as Spit Dat amongst other platforms in addition to The Split This Rock Festival and multiple school visits
The Tshwane Speak Out Loud Youth poetry competition is open to any youth between the ages of 16 and 30 who live, school or work within the City of Tshwane.
The prizes for the 2016/17 Tshwane Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition are as follows:
Upon registering for the competition, you will have to choose which knockout you would like to patake in, see schedule below
NOTICE: Entries for the 2016/17 Tshwane Speak Out Loud Competition are now closed!
|EVENT||DATE||TIME||FEATURED POET PERFORMANCE|
|KNOCKOUTS 1||FRI 24TH JUNE 2016||15:00- 19:00||MODISE SEKGOTHE (2015 3RD PLACE WINNER)|
|KNOCKOUTS 2||SAT 25TH JUNE 2016||12:00- 17:00||XABISO VILI (2015 CHAMPION)|
|KNOCKOUTS 3||WED 29TH JUNE 2016||15:00- 19:00||XITHA MAKGETA (2015 2ND PLACE WINNER)|
|KNOCKOUTS 4||THURS 30TH JUNE 2016||15:00- 19:00||MANTOMBI MNCULWANE (2015 FINALIST)|
|KNOCKOUTS 5||SAT 17TH SEPTEMBER 2016||14:00- 18:00||MTHUNZIKAZI MBUNGWANA (2015 FINALIST)|
|SEMI-FINALS||SAT 15TH OCTOBER 2016||14:00- 18:00||TBA|
|GRAND FINALE||WED 12 April 2017||17:30- 21:30||Black Motion, Lady Zamar and The Muffinz|
The Tshwane Speak Out Loud 2016/17 season Grand Finale details are as follows:
Date: 12th April 2017
Venue: The South African State Theatre(Drama)
Address: 320 Pretorius St, Pretoria, 0001
Entry: FREE FREE FREE!
Top 10 competing poets:
|Hope Netshivhambe||Sipho "Strange" Sefeane|
|Mwamba "Ink" Chileshe||Sibusiso "Sbu" Similane|
|Busisiwe Mahlangu||Anga Mamfanya|
|Zewande BK. Bhengu||Southren "Southren Comfort" Mathibeng|
|Given "Illustrative" Masilela||Emmah "Miss Emmah" Mabye|
In previous years Tshwane Speak Out Loud has had the opportunity to host groundbreaking poetry exchanges between Washington DC and the City of Tshwane.
During the inaugural Tshwane Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition in 2015 we hosted a delegation of Award winning and youth poets from Washington DC based social justice and poetry non-profit Split This Rock in Tshwane. They had the opportunity to perform and conduct workshops at various communities within Tshwane in addition to feature performances during the 2015 Tshwane Speak Out Loud Grand Finale which took place at the South African State Theatre on the 8th of August 2015.
In 2016, The 3 Tshwane Speak Out Loud winners along with two finalists had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC on invitation by social justice and poetry non-profit Split This Rock, to participate in their bi-annual Split This Rock Poetry Festival.
find out more about #Tshwane2dc poetry exchange below