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Cape Town, South Africa | Published on: September 3, 2013
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@connect_za and #OBF2013 have partnered to bring together young creatives in the UK and South Africa. http://pr.co/p/0018n4
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The British Council is excited to announce its partnership with the Arts Alive and Open Book Festivals to showcase four new artists from the UK and ZA as part of its Connect ZA arts initiative. The artists are poet Kabelo “KB” Ringane (SA), illustrator Mustashrik Mahbub (UK), published poet Jacob Sam-La Rose (UK) and novelist Sunjeev Sahota (UK).
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The British Council is excited to announce its partnership with the Arts Alive and Open Book Festivals to showcase four new artists from the UK and ZA as part of its Connect ZA arts initiative. The artists are poet Kabelo “KB”Ringane (SA), illustrator Mustashrik Mahbub (UK), published poet Jacob Sam-La Rose (UK) and novelist Sunjeev Sahota (UK). 

Working with these four talents falls within Connect ZA’s objective of building a relationship between the two premium literary and spoken word platforms and to also bring together young creatives in the UK and South Africa.

Launched in 2005, Speak the Mind a spoken word show that forms part of the Johannesburg Arts Alive festival brings together a range of spoken word artists from around the world to perform and engage with the works of other poets. Jacob Sam-La Rose and Kabelo “KB” Ringane will performing at the Speak the Mind show this year before taking their work to the Open Book Festival. Speak the Mind will be taking place from the 6-7th of September at Baseline in Newtown, Johannesburg.

The annual Open Book Festival attracts some of the world’s top writers and literary audience. The festival provides a platform for some of South Africa’s best writers to showcase their literary works while also aiming to build a culture of reading among the youth of Cape Town. This international festival has hosted both local and international authors and this year will be no different.

The Open Book Festival will be taking place from the 7-11 September 2013 at the Fugard Theatre and at the Book Lounge in Cape Town. Additional workshops and events will be taking place at Homecoming, District 6 Museum and the Central Library.

For more information about Connect ZA at the Open Book Festival or Speak the Mind contacts Thabiso Mohare, Arts Project Manager: Thabiso.Mohare@britishcouncil.org  or visit http://connectza.tumblr.com

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Jacob Sam-La Rose (UK) - Poet

Jacob Sam-La Rose is a published poet from the UK. His work includes devising and facilitating projects for schools and other institutions, as well as for emerging poets, teachers, literature professionals and other creatives. He believes that poetry can be a powerful force for transformation within a community. A widely published poet, his most recent collection Breaking Silence (2012) has been shortlisted for both a Forward Poetry Prize (the Felix Dennis Award) and the Fenton Aldeburgh award. 

Jacob’s festival appearances -

•  6th September: Speak The Mind (Arts Alive), Bassline _ Johannesburg, 19:00 - 23:00

•  7th September: Poetica, Fugard Annexe 2 _ Cape Town, 18:00-19:00

•  7th September: Open Book poetry Slam, Fugard Annexe 2 _ Cape Town, 20:00-21:00

•  9th September: Urban Verse, Fugard Studio _ Cape Town, 20:00-21:00

Kabelo “KB” Ringane (ZA) - Poet

Kabelo Ringane also known as Kilobyte is a South African spoken word artist. He is the 2012 Word N Sound Best Showcase award winner as well as the Spoken Minds Intervarsity 2013 Championships. He also won the first Words-Up Poetry Competition last year which saw him perform in Madagascar. Some notable performing artists that he has shared the stage with include musicians Vusi Mahlasela, Gloria Bosman and acclaimed poets and writers Don Mattera, Myesha Jenkins and Lebo Mashile

Kabelo’s festival appearances -

•  6th September: Speak The Mind (Arts Alive), Bassline _ Johannesburg, 19:00 - 23:00

•  7th September: Poetica, Fugard Annexe 2 _ Cape Town, 14:00 - 15:00

•  7th September: Open Book Poetry Slam, Fugard Annexe 2 _ Cape Town, 20:00 - 21:00

Mustashrik Mahbub (UK) – Graphic Novelist

Mustashrik is an Artist of print, film and animation. He is a Director of commercials, shorts and music video, a Designer of characters, branding, graphics and motion. More than often likely found with a brush in his hand, a hat on his head and a pot of ink next to him making something of his dreams come true anywhere he can be it in a public or studio space by just making marks. Classically trained in the fine arts and graphic design, he is in the process of bringing his own unique style and vision to the moving image.

Mustashrik’s festival appearances -

•  7th September: Comics Fest, Mustashrik Mahbub, Homecoming Center-Workshop _Cape Town, 14:00-15:00                                                        

Central Library- Seminar Room _ Cape Town, 16:00-18:00      

Sunjeev Sahota (UK) – Novelist

Sunjeev Sahota is a young British novelist whose debut novel Ours are the Streets, published in 2011 received great reviews in publications like The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and The Sunday Times. Sunjeev was selected by UK literary and magazine publishing giant Granta as one of the Best Young British Novelists in their fourth collection and he is currently working on his second novel, 'The Year of the Runaways'.

Sunjeev’s Festival Appearance.

•  9th September: Gillian Slovo Interviews Granta Best Young British Author, Fugard Studio, 18:00-19:00                   

•  10th September: Book Club Morning, Book Lounge, 10:00-11;00

•  10th September : Granta, Best of Young British, Fugard Theatre, 14:00-15:00

•  11th September: Other Voices, Fugard Studio, 12:00-13:00

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Note to editors.

Connect ZA is a British Council initiative that seeks to bring together young creative audiences In the UK and South Africa. Interviews with any of the Connect ZA backed artists can be arranged via Thabiso.mohare@britishcouncil.org. For more information on Connect ZA and our projects please find us on twitter: @connect_za, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZAConnect and Tumblr: http://connectza.tumblr.com