The Naked Slam, like any other slam, couldn’t come and go without controversy and peer confrontations. Discontent was mostly about the judging criteria, with many voices unhappy with the outcome, believing strongly that, rather than Tshiamo Malatji, Hlox Da Rebel deserved the crown.
Two things concern artists in Mangaung: a platform to showcase their art and a space to exchange ideas with their peers. Though finding a platform is still a struggle, Creatives’ Corner exists to create a safe environment for peers to share insights. Founder Sphindiwe Sobayeni writes more about it.
The KWV Acoustic Battle is a music competition which sees soloists and bands battle it out for a chance to win great prizes.
For a third year running, the Andre Huguenet Theatre hosted Nthabiseng JahRose Jafta’s poetry and music cocktail, Poetic Blues.
The Free State Literature Festival brought diverse faces together to celebrate the beauty of Free State and South Africa’s literary works, from books to poetry to plays.