The town of McGregor hosts the fifth annual Poetry in McGregor weekend, entitled Rooted in Heart. The event aims to promote community spirit and gives a stage to well-known poets as well as nurturing talented young artists. There are over 90 events taking place throughout the weekend, where guests can expect poetry recitals, music events, art and workshops.
Poets performing at various venues in the town include Koos Kombuis, Ashley Dowds, Hugh Hodge, Lara Kirsten and more. The McGregor Arts Community Project also hosts the School’s Festival where Cape Town based artist Ha Man! together with his partner, Joke Debaere, present music, songs, drama and poetry. The Afrikaans group Ruk!, two dynamic young performers from Cape Town, also perform for the children at this event. There is a number of Open Mic sessions for those poets who would like to spontaneously participate during the weekend. A Poetry Competition is available for unpublished poets to enter – this year’s theme is Poetry against Poverty.
Venue: McGregor, Western Cape
Time: Fri 9am to Sun 2pm