Lit-Fest - The Eastern Cape Literatiure Festival
Company: Eastern Cape Deparment of Sport, Recreation, Art & Culture
Lit-fest 2019 will take place at National English Literary Museum (NELM) in Makhanda and will be officially opened by the Honourable MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Ms Bulelwa Tunyiswa, on 4 July.
Given the fact that this year has been declared the year of Indigenous Languages by UNESCO, the 2019 Lit-Fest programme will place emphasis on indigenous languages. All activities at Lit-Fest will seek to give expression and substance to the theme of indigenous languages, meaning that isiXhosa, Sesotho, Sign Language and Khoisan Languages will receive focus. In line with the speech that the South African President made recently, Lit-Fest will also invite debate on the role of other indigenous languages spoken in the province – languages that are not yet accorded official status such as isiHlubi, isiMpondo, isiBhaca etc.
Book launches and book displays will feature publications in all these indigenous languages. There will be workshops on creative writing conducted by academics and people well versed in the field of literature and creative writing, in general; poetry sessions and book reviews; story-telling sessions and more. As indicated above a concerted effort will be made to put on display literature written in indigenous languages of the province, including those written in provincial language varieties.
The guest speaker for this year’s Lit-Fest is Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa, CEO of the National Heritage Council. Another key figure that will grace the event is Professor Pitika Ntuli, a seasoned poet, writer, painter, artist – a literary icon well rounded in all aspects of writing.
Academics, language teachers, writers’ organisations, government departments, NELM, the Pan South African Language Board, the Steve Biko Centre, media houses, Fort Hare Language Centre, Eastern Cape Literary Society, the Interdepartmental Language Forum, publishers and more, will be present at this year’s Lit-Fest.