Poetry at Plett ARTS Festival | Spoken Word Performances

quotePerhaps the earth can teach us, as when everything seems dead, and later proves to be alive. Pablo Neruda.



Ntombi Wonci, one of the significant daughters of Kwanokuthula and Plett, performs a poetry project she has been working on for several years. It captures the complicated journeys she has walked as a black woman with those who are near and far. The works reflect her addiction with self-mutilation and self-hatred and the continuum in-between. Ndicel’ uthathe olu hambo nam!

The cool jazz vibes of vocalist Unathi, accompanied by Themba on keyboard will open the evening.

Your ticket includes the 30-minute performance and an aromatic curry, rice and sambals as only the Nguni restaurant can prepare. A vegetarian or chicken option is available. Table seating, with a cash bar.

Date: Sunday 09 October
Doors open: 5.30pm
Performance starts: 6.30pm
Supper served: 7.00pm
Venue: Nguni Restaurant
Tickets: R185.00 | BOOK ONLINE

Limited to 80 pax.

Listen to a 40s preview below.





Journey with ecologist and nature poet Galeo Saintz through mountains, forests, oceans and wildlife encounters as he uncovers the unexpected in how we relate to the elements of nature all around us.

Poetry is a language that connects us to a different way of knowing, through symbols and metaphors. It’s the voice of the poet that invites us into a world created anew in words and images, sometimes flying off the page in unexpected gulps. Soaring, summiting, surrendering. Now.

Hosted by Nice Neighbour, purveyors of delicious food and friendship, you are invited to book on the ticket page, for supper at the show.  Chickpea & Herb Falafel or Grilled Chicken Kebab, both with lemon & Za’atar Grilled Flatbread, Garlic Yoghurt & Fattoush Salad.

Date: Wednesday 06 October
Doors open: 5.30pm
Performance times: 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Nice Neighbour, Old Nick Village
Tickets: R80.00 for the performance | BOOK ONLINE

R85.00 for supper.

Limited to 50 pax.






Join mountain guide and nature poet Galeo Saintz on a coastal poetry walk. Walking with words is a meditative experience reconnecting us to place and its wilder elements, revealing the unexpected in familiar places, exploring the mystery and mythos of walking through a selection of poems.

Bring your own water to drink and a rain jacket in case of weather. Walking involves uneven ground and is for walkers of moderate fitness. Your ticket includes light trail snacks.

Date: Thursday 07 October
Walk departs: 10am
Walk returns: 12.00pm
Venue: Meet at Kettle Beach parking area outside Enrico’s.
Tickets: R120.00 | BOOK ONLINE

Limited to 20 pax.








Days of the Darkening Moon THE DAYS OF THE DARKENING MOON

Was Lemuel is a poet and apologist who initially simply wrote for self-expression. The source of his inspiration has always been his life’s experiences. His work touches on subjects that range from romance and tragedy to politics and spirituality.

He will be performing his most recent album, a work of 14 esoteric gospel poems titled The Days of the Darkening Moon with a live soundscape performed by Michael Wilson-Trollip. Part of the proceeds will go to the Anglican church.

Date: Monday 04 October
Doors open: 5.30pm
Performance: 6pm – 7pm
Venue: St Peter’s Anglican Church
Tickets: R200.00 | BOOK ONLINE

Limited to 50 pax.

Part of the proceeds goes to the St Peter’s Anglican church.

Listen to a 40s preview below.





Was Lemeul performs a collection of poems which will have you reflecting deeply on life and love and what freedom means. His journey towards liberty takes the relentless track of life experience along which runs love and loss, suffering and joy.

A complimentary drink welcomes you to The Grand Africa Rooms & Rendezvous, and the show takes place outdoors on the sheltered patio, weather permitting.  After the performance, take advantage of the specials on offer at The Grand, and stay for supper.

William Mwale is in the house to do sketch portraits of you and yours.

Date: Friday 08 October
Doors open: 4.30pm
Performance: 5pm – 6pm
Venue: The Grand Africa Rooms & Rendezvous
Tickets: R100.00 | BOOK ONLINE

Limited to 50 pax