I have been documenting events and performances by poets and performance artists for InZync Poetry Sessions since 2013.
SLiP, or the Stellenbosch Literary Project, was set up in February 2011 by Leon de Kock and Pieter Odendaal as a media and events platform to fast-track issues in South African literature and culture. The project is rooted in the Department of English at Stellenbosch University. Since their inception, they have gradually built up public literary-cultural platforms, both in the digital and analogue spheres. They believe that these platforms are an essential tool for those writers and performers that work at the creative edges of an emerging democracy.
“We therefore see ourselves as creating much-needed discursive platforms where creative literary practices can be shared and engaged with, where writers and performers can serve as mirrors for society.” – SLiP
Their activities can roughly be divided into three constituent parts: their website, (slipnet.co.za), their InZync poetry sessions and their community workshops. Each part aims to create a unique platform which extends the concept of the “literary” and enables new conversations to take place across a diversity of cultures and languages, bridging gaps between academia and civil society, performance and publishing, and to help stitch together the various holes which span our social fabric. Each platform caters to a different audience, though these audiences are not mutually exclusive, continuously cross-pollinating each other.