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Venue: The Book Lounge

Date: 8 July 2011

It’s a book shop, so we figured we’ll stick to the literary theme…but with some music, obviously.

The Book Lounge lies in what was formerly know as Cape Town’s East City Innovation District, but now is simply referred to as The Fringe — an area of design and creativity which greatly contributed to the city’s successful bid to become the World Design Capital for 2014. With this as its backdrop, In Other Words brought together artists of diverse cultural backgrounds and disciplines. Dillion Banda used poetry and the folk songs of his native Zimbabwe to paint a heartfelt and intimate picture of what it is like to be a refugee in a country that is not one’s own. Keeping with the literary theme, the multi-award winning Afrikaans poet, Loftus Marais gave a reading of hitherto unheard material of his, then still unreleased, new collection of poems about Cape Town seen from his own unique perspective. Lastly, lutist and Early Music enthusiast, Vera Vukovic shared her knowledge and passion by performing a collection of Renaissance lute songs interspersed with bits of historical background on the period and the imaginary use of lyrical metaphors. She was joined on stage by guest Yuri Kuprashow on double bass.

Given the cold winter weather, we decided to collect blankets for the Salvation Army at this event.

Featured artists:

Loftus Marais

Dillion Banda

Vera Vukovic

Photography by Malherbe Pelser.