Cold Bold Winter Words takes place every winter season in Maun, as the name perhaps suggests. The event was birthed June 2014 as an initiative to creatively provide a platform where the local community can interact, in a season where mostly people prefer to be indoors, snuggled up in their bed. Cold Bold is a session of live spoken word poetry, music, and storytelling, delivered mostly by the local wordsmiths and occasionally with performers from other areas in the country. The concept of the event is to provide winter warming performances by seasoned poets as well as talented newcomers.
“The performances for this session will be hot,” says Poetavango Public Relations Officer, Ms Priscah Katlholo, “because our artists have been preparing for this event for months now. And they are more than ready. In fact, their readiness is already warming up the winter!”
This will be the second Poetavango event this year, after the Black History Word’ebration session in February. According to the events manager, Mr Thato Molosi, Poetavango strives to engage the community through creative platforms throughout the year. He says the community is hungry for decent entertainment spots where one could not just be entertained but could also learn a few new things. Mr Molosi says, “We don’t want to keep our audience hungry for too long by making them wait for the October festival. We need sessions like the Cold Bold Winter Words to keep contact with our people. Without them, our highly creative artists won’t be able to express themselves.”
This year’s Cold Bold will feature creative local poets such as the satirical Tautona of Mantsiripane fame, the youthful, fire-spitting AnthXny, the musical expressionist Vygos, the heavyweight comedian poet Goodie the Bad as well as the highly talented lyrist Charlie the Genius. The rest of the performers, who are also notable poets and writers include, but not limited to Lashes of Steel, Mister Poke, Dredd X and Andy B. The event will be held at the Nhabe Museum auditorium on Saturday 25th July 2020, from 7pm. Entrance is only P100 and Poetavango will provide free tea, coffee and biscuits.