The Black Power Station is located at the Old Power Station in Makhanda’s industrial area. An established arts venue, the Black Power Station hosts various events in the city throughout the year, including during the National Arts Festival. This year the BPS runs five days of activities broadcast across their social media channels between 25 June and 5 July.
The Black Power Station presents artistic collaborations between local and international artists and producers, as well as discussions with writers and academics, drawing on its ties across artistic communities in Makhanda, Port Elizabeth, East London, Johannesburg, Cape Town and the University of Virginia in the USA.
A statement from the Black Power Station reads “we want to remember where we come from and how we should be moving forward as a global community of artists and extended creative community. That we are because you are, therefore we exist, to serve you, reflect upon times and shape our surroundings through arts.”
For this year’s virtual National Arts Festival, the Black Power Station presents Artists Speaks and Silence Speaks
ARTISTS SPEAK SESSIONS
The Black Power Station presents Artists Speak Sessions with a twist. The conversation is a poetic dialogue between poets in Makhanda around the current social issues resulting from the Covid19 pandemic. Each poet responds, through humour, prose and poetry.
The Black Power Station in collaboration with Grace Emphatic presents Silence Speaks, a poetry session that invites you not just into the personal stories of the poet, but also into her personal space. The show aims to encourage you to break the silence on, not just social issues but also personal stories or secrets that you may be living with. It may be a secret crush or a painful past/present experience, whatever it is, the show hopes to inspire you to find in yourself that inner voice you have imprisoned in your body, to find freedom and break the silence.