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Poetavango recently pulled off a spectacular week of arts and culture events to mark its 10th Maun International Arts Festival (MIAF) in Maun.
The anniversary followed after the 9.5th edition held last year, which did not live to expectation owing to insufficient funds, a challenge that saw organisers dropping some activities like the comedy night which left the festival’s favorites unhappy.
However, the organisation made up for last year’s event pulling all the stops to stage the most successful edition which also marked its 10th anniversary.
From Tuesday, November 21st to Saturday November 25th the festival showcased a variety of arts genres from poetry, comedy to music and visual arts. The festival also aimed to educate and empower artists and the community, with workshops and presentations by MVA fund and COSBOTS.
The festival kicked off at Nhabe Museum with a themed event sponsored by MVA Fund called ‘spontaneous creativity’. The event challenged visual artists and poets to create pieces of art that would highlight the importance of road safety in a limited time. The result was a stunning display of creativity and awareness.
The second day of the festival featured an open space presentation at the Nandos open space, where performing artists gathered and crafted a vibrant and energetic performance that was not to be missed. The event also served as a platform for the artists to network and learn more about the services and benefits offered by COSBOTS, the organisation that protects the rights and royalties of artists in Botswana.
On Thursday, the festival moved back to Nhabe Museum for a writer’s workshop, where aspiring and established writers had the opportunity to hone their skills and register their works with COSBOTS. The workshop was followed by a comedy show at Okavango Breweries Maun, where attendees enjoyed a hilarious night of laughter and fun.
Elated Poetavango chairperson Legodile Seganabeng revealed that they managed to pull the crowd for the comedy night and all tickets where 80% sold. Prominent comedians from Lesotho, South Africa and locally took turns at the Okavango Craft Breweries cracking some ribs.
The comedy night featured Jonny Pula, Boldwin Bals, Ouza ke Moratiwa, Vha L, Yellowbone, Thapelo Kingflat (SA), Rib Cracker (Gaborone), Tricks and Masapo (Lesotho). “It was a great night full of fun and laughter for many comedy lovers,” Seganabeng told The Weekender.
On Friday, the festival continued with a dinner with poetry at Cresta Maun, where guests were treated to an intimate dining experience with soothing music and poetry. The poets, such as Mr. Po, Dread X, Miss Zelda and Silas the strange, captivated the audience with their words and emotions.
The festival concluded on Saturday with a musical show at Lunar Gardens, where the legendary rapper Zeus performed his hits and entertained the crowd. The show was a fitting finale for a week of arts and culture that celebrated the talent and diversity of Botswana.