From the 14th to the 21st of October 2018, Nkateko Masinga performed at Poetry Africa, an annual poetry festival which takes place in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. The festival’s evening programmes took place at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre and at the BAT Centre. During the day, there were visitations to various primary and secondary schools, community centres, university campuses (UKZN Howard College Campus) and prisons in the Durban Area to share poems and facilitate creative writing workshops.
From the 31st of October to the 4th of November, Nkateko performed at the Lagos International Poetry Festival in Lagos, Nigeria. This was her second time in Nigeria, as she took part in the Ake Arts and Book Festival in November 2017. The Lagos International Poetry Festival, or LIPFest as it is known, was made up of evening performances at Freedom Park, an old prison ground converted to a memorial and leisure park, as well as workshops, discussions, school visits in different parts of Lagos during the day.
Why poetry? It is an important form of social commentary (which is why most countries have a poet laureate) and is the way in which Nkateko engages with the world around her. She expresses herself best through the written and spoken word and attending festivals around the world allows her to tell stories to diverse audiences and also learn from the stories told by others.