Lit-Fest offers a platform for word artists such as writers, poets, storytellers to share and exhibit their literary skills.

Festivals of this nature produce an environment that inspires creativity amongst artists to create and collaborate with each other. Each and every year we make a deliberate effort to invite people with immense experience and vast depth in the field of language and literature to come and grace the event. This allows for a great deal of cross pollination of ideas between established and aspiring writers. This year is no different, we have invited Dr Siphiwo Mahala and Hendrich Dirk from Via Afrika to join the conversation. Dr Mahala share his experiences in writing and publishing in indigenous languages and his journey as a literary enthusiast and a champion of the department of African. Languages. Hendrich Dirk offers and empowering session on the journey towards getting published for the first time. The wealth of information shared by these luminaries is invaluable and we are grateful that they were both able to join this digital presentation of our programme.

Lit-Fest is an initiative of the Eastern Cape Department of Sports Recreation Arts and Culture.

A welcome by Mr Grootboom (Senior Manager- Arts & Culture) introduces the Lit -Fest 2020 programme and declares Lit-Fest open. Viewers can enjoy spoken word performances and storytelling by Liyema Mzizi, Mandlenkosi Dyakala, Akhona Mafani, Nosipho Adam, Esethu Siyolo, Lihle Geelbooi, Leslé Reid, Nompumezo Magawu, Sandile Saki, Ngcali Xhegwana, Colleen Mapatwana, Joy Nkukwana, Lwando Valela and Lwandiso Makhenke from Sarah Baartman and Amathole district.

Dr Siphiwo Mahala shares the virtual stage with Dyasi Sylvia Lulama,Mbala Zikhona, Mlandu Soga, Notununu Phumzile, Hakula-Malgas, Nontikazi Monica, Ndobe Lizo, Mfenyana Nomonde, Twazi Nompucuko Zakaza, Xolela Kenene, Lindani Mbambo, Singathwa, Cinga Dyala, Derrington, Mninawe Mtirara, Zizo Apleni, Nxumalo Zodumo, Nozipho Mbembe and Libhongo Mbiko from OR Tambo and Buffalo City Municipality.

Heinrich Dirk from Via Afrika, empowers authors with a discussion on how to get their work published for the very first time. He reminds us the importance and benefits of reading for our society. Dr Mahala talks about journeys involved in publishing his book, Red Apple Dreams and other stories. In this video our two guests are accompanied by artists from Joe Gqabi and Chris Hani district, Phelang Lebesa, Mamakoetsana Lesuthu, Nandipha Lebeta, Bongiwe Sipamla, Tello Mohlomi, Lunga Biva, Refiloe Thoane, Moreheng Morapedi, Kgotso Ramaipato, Nteboheng Mokgutshoane, Monwabisi T.Mgulwa, Timothy Toti, Nothemba Nojekwa, Sabatha Letsika, Nokwezi Mnyamana, Thokozani Mtyatyeni, Lwandile Nantisi, Sizwe Martins, Mziyanda Thomas and Siyanda Sobetshe.

Dr Mahala, shares his insights as a published author and the challenges faced by aspiring South African writers. This session includes perfromances from artists from Nelson Mandela Bay and Alfred Nzo districts; Nonceba Tuntulwana, Mohlauli Lethola, Pretty Mgadi, Thandiwe Sauli, Olona Mafunda, Novizicelo Maxazi, Khahliso Thelejane, Siyabonga Mdwayidwayi, Lucy Mbali and Lebohang Leoatle