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Aspiring poets step up to the mic<p>​</p><span><p>The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department set the stage recently for aspiring poets and artists as part of its annual Youth Month activities, by hosting an Open Mic Poetry competition on 17 June 2022.</p><p>Young people from across the city auditioned before a panel of judges at the City’s Banqueting Hall, comprised of SAMA award winning artist and television personality, Chad Saaiman; award winning hip hop artist and poet, Jitsvinger and female rapper, singer, songwriter and dancer, Blue Kitty SA. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/open%20mic2.jpg" alt="" style="width:698px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>The assignment was to perform an original poem, spoken word, rap or traditional praise song focusing on the theme of being a young person in Cape Town. </p><p>The Top 10 proceeded to the final round, where 24-year-old Michael Palmer from Mitchells Plain bagged first prize for his piece titled ‘Seer se Spoor’.</p><p>Uyanda Kiva (23) from Zonnebloem came in second for her piece titled, ‘What it’s like as a young black woman in Cape Town’, and in third place was 17-year-old  Liyema Velebayi from Mfuleni with her piece based on the story of a child witnessing gender-based violence in the family home.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/open%20min1.jpg" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>The top three each won a cash prize.</p><p>‘We are immensely blessed as a city to have so much talent in our communities, and I for one am very happy that the City can help develop and nurture the arts and culture sector through events such as these. I want to thank each and every participant who stepped up to the mic and took a chance on themselves. Public speaking or performance requires courage, so hats off to them for taking this bold step, but also sharing their beautiful and inspiring stories with the world,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/open%20mic3.jpg" alt="" style="width:919px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><span><strong>​​End</strong></span>2022-06-23T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#6dccf682-b454-42e1-94cf-b76af306a43b;L0|#06dccf682-b454-42e1-94cf-b76af306a43b|competition;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#40b767e7-bd30-4256-b01a-0deec96a62b2;L0|#040b767e7-bd30-4256-b01a-0deec96a62b2|youth10

 

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