06-10 September 2017

Open Book Festival

06-10 September2017

Siphosethu Phikelela


Siphosethu Phikelela started writing poetry in her mother tongue, isiXhosa, at age 13. In 2015 she won the Grounding Sessions Preliminary Slam which qualified her to perform at the Fugard Theatre Open Book Festival Slam where she acquired the second position. She is a member of the CYPHER (Cape Youth Poetry Hub for Expression and Rhythm) poets under the Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement. Qhawekazi (her stage name) has also  performed at the Baxter Theatre Zabalaza Festival, Naked Word Festival at the Magnet Theatre, Khayamandi Arts and Cultural Festival and other poetry gatherings around Cape Town.