Badilisha Poetry X-Change's Poetic Travels Continue

Badilisha Poetry X-Change is one of the six super cool Pan-African arts and culture initiatives of the Africa Center; whose mission is to render access to the vast poetic work of both historical and contemporary African poets.

Two years ago, Badilisha Poetry X-Change traveled across African cities to meet and record the work of the poets in those cities. The 2015 #BPXRoadTrip visited eight cities in South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Ethiopia. During the road trip, Badilisha interacted with over 246 poets and recorded 184 of which 100 are now featured on their growing archive.

 Badilisha Poetry X-Change is pleased to announce a new edition of their poetic journey. Badilisha is going on the road again, this time with the specific intention of meeting with emerging and seasoned poets working in indigenous languages. Their aspiration is to marry the language diversity of the continent with that represented on the Badilisha platform. They are specifically targeting poets who write and recite in Setswana, Sepedi, Sesotho, Zulu, Afrikaans, and Ndebele. To do this, Bailisha will be travelling to Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, North West, Northern Cape and the Free State in South Africa

Specific tour dates for each province will be announced via Facebook and Twitter. In the
meantime, poets from the above-mentioned provinces or whose poetry is in any of the
languages mentioned, please submit the following via email to
  • Two written poetry samples (in any of the eligible languages)
  • One audio poetry sample (Voice notes and other mobile phone recordings acceptable. Need not be professionally done)
  • A brief biography
  • A high-resolution photograph
Poets will also have the opportunity to participate in poetry workshops with poetry professionals from the different regions. Further information on this will also be shared on our social media platforms.
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