The 19th annual art and literary festival, Woordfees, is back in 2018 with nine days of poetry, stories, live music performances, art exhibitions and more.
Woordfees, the literary and art festival of the University of Stellenbosch has made quite a name for itself since its inception in 2000, and attracts students as well as art and literature enthusiasts from all over the country. Not only is Woordfees a celebration of South African written, visual and performing arts – a celebration of the word in all its expressions – it is also a celebration of Stellenbosch: the town’s streets are flooded with visitors and public spaces as well as restaurants and pubs are temporarily converted into improvised art theatres, galleries and concert venues. With a focus on Afrikaans, Woordfees also features works in other African languages, Dutch and Flemish.
The programme is packed with interesting activities set to entertain the public and educate the masses. The festival includes the Writer’s Festival with thinkers and writers participating in talks and discussions; music including Carnival music, The Pops concert and the Coetzenburg concerts; The Sanlam Musiekfees with rock, opera, blues, gospel and kwêla as well as short documentary screenings showcasing the stories of musicians; the Kinderfees with kids activities and kids theatre performances; and the KykNET Film Festival with thought-provoking film through a series of short documentaries.
“Woordfees is a smorgasbord of culture, in the true sense of the word.” Read Briony Chisholm’s review of Woordfees 2017.