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The Woordfees of the Stellenbosch University is a celebration of the word within its context and in as many forms as possible – including poetry, prose, debate, different forms of drama and music. The focus is on Afrikaans, but languages with which there may be a geographical or other relationship (amongst others from Africa and the Netherlands) are welcome. The festival is aimed at students, learners and the public and wants to be as inclusive as possible.

The main objective is to promote literature and the arts and to create a platform for artists and authors to engage with audiences and to get exposure for their talents. One of our important goals is to reach out to various communities. The Woordfees’ annual Woorde Open Wêrelde project is one of the Stellenbosch University’s largest schools outreach programmes with a wide range of project goals. It is a language based project with special aim on word competence, reading, literacy and the arts, with Afrikaans as medium.

The WOW project aims to reach less privileged children and to broaden their vision by means of the word; to make them aware of the wonder of books and literature; to create a love for and pride in their mother tongue, and; to stimulate creativity and knowledge and appreciation of the arts and to encourage further learning.



Joint Committee for Cooperation between Flanders and South Africa


On 4 December, the eighth Joint Committee for Cooperation between Flanders and South Africa took place in Pretoria. The governments of Flanders and South Africa have enjoyed a fruitful relationship over the past twenty years. The meeting provided room for a mutual discussion on political, social and economic trends and for an extensive overview of these longstanding bilateral relations. Several common interests and topics for future cooperation were identified, including innovation, research, blue and circular economy, youth, and culture.

€ 5 million for agricultural projects in Malawi

On 16 November, the Government of Flanders approved a grant of 5 million Euro for agricultural projects in Malawi. A total of 300,000 families in rural areas will benefit. “The majority of the population consists of smallholder farmers. By increasing their productivity and improving market access for crops, Flanders chooses to contribute towards an efficient agricultural policy in Malawi,” according to Minister-president Geert Bourgeois.

Flemish street art in Cape Town


Harrington Street in Cape Town has acquired a whole new look, thanks to Flemish street artist Smates. With the support of the Government of Flanders in collaboration with Baz-Art, Smates (Bart Smeets), has created a 400 m2 public art work - the largest mural in Cape Town. Capetonians and visitors were able to watch the artist at work from 5 to 11 November. 





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