"This was before anyone/ in our circle had been/ stabbed or shifted./ Some had shouldered/ a wooden box/ but none of us understood/ the cost of the shanks/ and skengs in our lyrics."

Poet

Kayo Chingonyi [Republic of Zambia/United Kingdom, 1987]

Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia and moved to the UK at the age of six. He made his debut in 2017 with Kumakanda. The title refers to the rites of passage that boys in the Luvale tribe in Zambia have to undergo before they are considered to be men. These kinds of moments of transition and tension between opposing forces – between child and adult, old and new, but also between different cultures and worlds, and between the inner life and the outer world – play a pivotal role in his work. His versatile and highly musical poetry combines traditional forms with a style strongly influenced by hiphop. As a rapper, DJ and producer, he regularly works with other writers and musicians. Chingonyi is also poetry editor at the literary and art magazine The White Review.

READING: Saturday 15 June, 19:10 hrs - Jurriaanse Zaal


Buy Tickets

Pick your favorite festival day – or days – or purchase a passe-partout so you can visit the entire festival. 

OPENING NIGHT

THURSDAY 13 JUNE

Join the golden anniversary’s kick off celebrations!

DAY TICKET

FRIDAY 14 JUNE

Access to all readings and events on Friday 14 June (with the exception of workshops)

DAY TICKET

SATURDAY 15 JUNE

Access to all readings and events on Friday 14 June (with the exception of workshops)

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SUNDAY 16 JUNE

Access to all readings and events on Friday 14 June (with the exception of workshops)

PASSE-PARTOUT

13, 14, 15 AND 16 JUNE

Access to all festival events (with the exception of workshops)

Location

The 50th Poetry International Festival will kick-off on 13 June in the Main Auditorium of de Doelen. On 14, 15 and 16 June most events will take place in or around the Jurriaanse zaal. De Doelen is situated within walking distance of Rotterdam Central Station

Entrance Main Auditorium – Schouwburgplein 50, Rotterdam
Entrance Jurriaanse zaal – Kruisplein 30, Rotterdam

Sponsors

Nederlands Letterenfonds
Gemeente Rotterdam
Droom en Daad
Lira Fonds
Stichting Dioraphte
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds