04-08 September 2019

Open Book Festival

04-08 September2019

Phelisa Sikwata

Phelisa Sikwata was born and raised in CapeTown (Mfuleni) and started writing poetry at age 14. In 2016 she joined CYPHERs Ixhanti Saturday School Programme which afforded her the opportunity to be part of the poetry productions Ndikhululeni and Imbewu Yesini (2016). Her work has featured in the Imbewu Yesini anthology (2016), Next Generation Speaks Global Youth anthology (2017), and the Vodacom June 16 campaign and SEEN exhibition (2017).

In 2017 Sikwata was part of the Cape Town BNV/Brave New Voices team which took place in San Francisco, where she also featured on the Queeriosity Showcase. With the 2017 Cape Town BNV team, she featured on the Dreaming Feminist Futures Symposium (2018) where she also subsequently chaired a Feminism, Media, Performance and Art panel discussion. She has featured on the Rioters in Session (Historical Glitch). Her curating debut was InQ.U.E.E.R.ies which featured on the Naked Word Festival. Currently she is part of the C.Y.P.H.E.R (Cape Youth Poetry Hub for Expression and Rhythm) NextGen Ambassador Programme.