Kovsies Multilingual Mokete

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Multilingual Mokete has ‘uniquely Qwaqwa flavour’ this year
—STORY: Dr Peet van Aardt, Academy for Multilingualism (UFS)

In keeping with our university’s multi-campus model, this year’s Multilingual Mokete has the theme Hearing You, Hearing Me. What makes this year’s festival special is the fact that it is being given a uniquely Qwaqwa flavour. Many of the activities on offer during this year’s celebration are born from talent bred in the greater Qwaqwa region. The festival also showcases artists and bright minds from our South and Bloemfontein Campuses. This is a testimony to the UFS’ commitment to investing in local communities.

We are excited to present professional musicians and thought-leaders, traditional performers, and praise singers. SAMA nominee and UFS student Azana will be performing some of her songs. We have academic experts from UKZN and Wits joining us. An ode to the late Dr Khotso Pieter David Maphalla will be read as well.

We are especially proud to present activities led by our students, such as readings of short stories from the Initiative for Creative African Narratives (iCAN), poetry recitals, and dance exhibitions. Eight languages will be showcased: English, Sesotho, isiZulu, SePedi, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, siSwati, and South African Sign Language (SASL).

The festival will take place virtually on Friday 17 September from 12:00. Visit the UFS website and YouTube channel on the day.

‘Hearing you, hearing me.’ | ‘Ons luister na mekaar.’ | ‘Ukungizwa, ukukuzwa.’ | ‘Mmamele ke o mamele.’


Umthombo Wegazi Art Installation with Poem

Sivelaphi, Singobani? (Poem) paired with Umthombo Wegazi Art Installation

One of the art installations in the Scaena Theatre complex during the 2019 Kovsies Multilingual Festival, titled ‘Umthombo Wegazi’ (artist: Sibemoxolo Foji). This artwork was paired with a Xhosa poem by Nkululeko Mdodu, with the title ‘Sivelaphi, Singobani?’

Photos: Eugene Seegers

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