#DigiPoems is back to bring you more cross sector artistic collaboration between poets and digital artists. Before we get into what to expect from this year’s Edition, lets explain what DigiPoems is…
What is DigiPoems
#DigiPoems is a project commissioned by British Council in partnership with Comexposed, and Page Poetry Alive that brings poets and digital artists together from Southern Africa and the UK to co-create new art through experimental digital illustrations and poetry. This work is then premiered at a launch event and released across the digital media channels of the partners for audiences to experience. The work is presented as a ninety second audio visual interpretation of the poems written by the poets and can be as creative, unique and imaginative as they want.
It all began in 2019
The first Edition was launched in 2019 on the 7th of February at Alliance Francaise, Harare and the theme was “Converge”. It featured artists and poets from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, UK and Zambia. The audience had the opportunity to see the amazing talent of the Zambian poet, Musenga and Zimabwean artist, Tavonga Shumbanhete whose piece titled “Borders and Bounds” wowed the audience as it expressed a hope that all the cultures in Africa would interact, erase the borders between them and become united. Those who attended also had the pleasure of seeing the work of Zimbabwean artist Tatenda Ndove and Botswanan poet Ndii Aphrykah, and that of Mozambican poet Alberto Juliano and UK artist, Will Hurt.
So now you have the run down- back to DigiPoems 2020.
This year Comexposed, British Council and Page Poetry Alive are bringing new artists and new poets to the forefront and you will have the chance to see the amazing work of artists Tanyaradzwa Njerere(Zim), Lerato Motshwarakgole(Botswana) , Mwelwa (Zambia) and their poetic counterparts, Lorna Zita(Mozambique) , Tice Cin (UK) and Rufus Mufasa (UK).
The theme for DigiPoems 2020 work this year has also undergone a transformation. Last year the theme was “Converge”, what might it be this year? “Pan-Africa”? “Identity”?
If you join us this 2020 you can find out! This year’s launch event will be held at the British Council, 16 Cork Road, Belgravia Harare at 5.30pm on the 14th of February, Friday and will be even more exciting, enlightening and inspiring–so be sure to be there at the launch or checkout our website and social media channels for the #DigiPoems when they go live! Follow #DigiPoems.