This Heritage Day The Centre for Creative Arts and Poetry Africa will present a programme as part of the 100 000 Poets for Change project. A movement broached by American poets Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carriòn, will see worldwide poetic action on September 24 in 500 cities in 93 countries across the globe.
This free outdoor event takes place from 15h30 at Durban’s Green Hub, an environmental sanctuary nestled among trees near Blue Lagoon, where the Umgeni River enters the Indian Ocean. The programme includes live music, open mic opportunities for poets to express their thoughts and feelings about the environment and related issues, and a poetry weaving session where everybody will be able to take part by writing on a sheet of cloth a few lines of poetry focusing on the environment. Guest participants include Gcina Mhlophe, Patrick Bond, Busisiwa Gqulu, Sakhile STP Shabalala, Siphamandla Xaba, and the New Diva Jazz Ensemble. A riverside clean-up commences at 14h00 and is part of a full day of Green Hub activities such as the 2nd River Revive Bicycle Ride (09h00), Green Info Booths (11h00), and Greening Workshops (13h00).
The evening will conclude with a special sunset film screening of the Lucy Walker film Waste Land, which won three awards at the 2010 Durban International Film Festival – Best Documentary, the Amnesty International Award and the Audience Choice Award.
A free shuttle service will run between Aliwal Street (opposite Exhibition Centre) and the Green Hub, from 10h00 until 21h00.