16-21 October – facilitating participation of two Ukrainian poets Oksana Kutsenko and Hanna Yapeska in International Festival “Poetry Africa” (Durban) – one of the largest poetry festivals on the African continent.
On October 16-21, 2017, two poetesses from Ukraine Oksana Rosumna (pseudonym Oksana Kutsenko) and Hanna Yanovska took part in the international Poetry Africa Festival organized by the Center for the Arts at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban of South Africa. This year the festival was organized 22 times in a row, but with facilitation from Ukrainian Association of South Africa, Ukraine became its participant for the first time.
Overall, 18 poets from different countries such as South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Reunion, Spain, Ukraine, the Netherlands and the United States were invited to the event. Participants perform in English and read poetry both in English and in national languages.
«Every evening, during the week we had performances in the Elizabeth Sneddon theater in a hall for 400 seats, that sometimes was completely filled. In addition to the evening performances, each of the poets had his own map of performances in different audiences. In particular, there were performances at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal at the Department of English Literature and before the students of the Isisului studies faculty among my events. Also, I had the privilege to speak before the students of the senior school in the suburb of Bechet. These events were aimed at motivating reading and writing of their own works among students and senior pupils. I also considered my mission as a narrative about Ukraine and its culture, as most young South Africans do not know where our country is on the map,» – Oksana Rosumna shared.