7 p.m.

Goethe-Institute, Johannesburg

The Poetry of Language and the Baggage of the Past

with Toeti Heraty, Miriam Tlali, Saut Situmorang and Rustum Kozain

Moderation: Raks Seakgwa & Indra Wussow

(entrance free)

Two different countries, two generations of writers, four distinct voices that shaped their respective countries’ literature.

We will explore how literature helped in the fight against apartheid in South Africa and in the struggle for independence in Indonesia. Through literature and poetry we will examine how colonialism shaped both countries and how much South Africans are aware of the impact that the Cape Malay tradition had on the country and its culture.

Toety Heraty and Miriam Tlali (both born in 1933) are not only skilled writers but also have been brave fighters for women’s rights and political change for decades. Both will discuss writing today with a younger generation of poets, namely Saut Situmorang and Rustum Kozain (both born in 1966). Together, our guests will look at how transformation has enabled new ways of writing and reflection and discuss which of these changes are global phenomena and which are specifically Indonesian or South African.



7 p.m.

Swad Restaurant, Melrose Arch

East-Western Poetry Divan

Vonani Bila, Sujata Bhatt, Chirikure Chirikure, Sylvia Geist, Rosa Herliany,  Stanislav Lvovsky, Raphael Urweider, Mindy Zhang ,  guest: Tumi Mokgope

Moderation: Michael Augustin

Food: Dudy Anggawi

Music: MIAGI – Music is a great Investment


On the 23rd April half of the caravan travelled to the “Swad Indian restaurant” in Johannesburg after a long, but beautiful minibus- journey from Mahikeng.
Dudy Anggawi cooked his traditional Indonesian food for the hungry poets.


Here you can see Swad- team- poets with Dudy Anggawi and the Swad- restaurant owner:


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