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Guest Blog: Imagining Future Africa: Sci Fi, Innovation & Technology.

At the recent Africa Writes Festival, British Council Literature Programme Manager Sophie Wardell attended a panel discussion entitled: Imagining Future Africa: Sci Fi, Innovation & Technology. Focusing on African Sci Fi, speculative and fantasy writing, the panel explored literature’s relationship to innovation and technology. She shared her thoughts on the discussion with us.

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Memory and Nostalgia in Lebohang Kganye’s “Pied Piper’s Voyage”

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At 24, visual artist Lebohang Kganye has already started making a name for herself. Earlier this year she was featured in a group exhibition at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in Johannesburg, she is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop (Johannesburg) and was featured in the 2011 FNB Joburg Art Fair. In collaboration with The Space, Connect ZA recently commissioned her to complete a collaborative artwork with two UK based musicians that launches on July 18th in celebration of Mandela Day at The Arches in Glasgow.

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Koleka Putuma takes the first national Slam For Your Life Title at the National Arts Festival

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This past Sunday, The Word N Sound Live Literature Company and Connect ZA hosted the very first Slam For Your Life National Poetry Slam. The project saw 4 poets from Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal go up against each other at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Western Cape’s Koleka Putuma proved triumphant, beating the other three finalists to the title of South Africa’s first National Slam Champion.

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Join Connect ZA at this year’s National Arts Festival

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Connect ZA has partnered with The National Arts Festival on three productions this year. HeLa a one-woman show by Adura Onashile. Walk the Talk a collaboration between Lemn Sissay, Lebo Mashile and Phillippa Yaa de Villiers. As well as Word N Sound’s Slam For Your Life National Finals 2014. 

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