The past weekend saw many visual artists and poets show off their talent at the poetry talent search held at the Mmabana Cultural Centre in Thaba Nchu.
The talent search, which attracted poets and artists from all over the Free State, was hosted as a collaboration between the Spoken Word Art Company and the Free State Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation.
The top four winners in the visual artist category are Armok Ishmael, Samuel Tseisi, Sipumeze Damoyi and Thabang Dawid.
The host of the event and founder of Spoken Word, Nompulelo Mtjekelo, told Bloemfontein Courant that the event had poets and artist from as far as Qwaqwa to come and showcase their talents.
“The talent that our province has, is out of this world. This event was the first of many. I would like to thank the Mmabana Cultural Centre and the Free State government for their support. They have shown that they are always open to new ideas. My gratitude also goes out to all the artists and poets who came out in their numbers.
“We have hosted eleven poets from Mangaung and Qwaqwa this time around. But to make this event even bigger and better, I am seeking sponsorship or any other assistance.”
Mtjekelo added that the purpose of the event was to work on the challenges that the artists