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Afrikaapse pêrels innie Paarl

Taalmonument celebrates Heritage Month with Blaq Pearl

Ek is ʼn Khoi ʼn San
Ek stap saam die maan – met wild in my hand
En ʼn dans – wat jou sit in ʼn trans
My voorgeslag kon reën maak,
Stories vertel – was woelag!

In the run-up to the Heritage Day on 24 September 2019, the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) is extremely pleased to exhibit cultural activist Blaq Pearl’s work at the monument.

According to Michael Jonas, ATM director, the institution is a living monument where there is a continuous interaction between the structure, nature, visitors and language creators. “We like to give up-and-coming writers, musicians and poets a chance to expose their work to a larger audience. Most visitors are not only very interested in the history of Afrikaans, but also curious about the language’s development and her latest creative incarnations as it offers new perspectives on the worlds of many Afrikaans-speaking Africans.”

Blaq Pearl (Janine van Rooy-Overmeyer) regularly performs at music and poetry performances, also as storyteller and motivational speaker. Her musical genre embraces Afro/Soul/Hiphop/Jazz/R&B, and she is internationally recognised for her performances. She was in the cast of the award-winning music productions Afrikaaps and ‘n Plekkie in die Son. In 2011, her debut album, Against All Odds, was released and in 2015 her first self-published book, Karadaaa!!! – a collection of her poetry, stories and songs in English and Afrikaans – saw the light of day. In 2016, she completed the music production Krotoa van Vandag, which she still performs at schools to this day. In addition, her Blaqpearl Foundation is actively using the arts, life skills, literature and sports as instruments to encourage especially the Cape Flats youth to break away from harsh realities and social problems such as gangs, drug abuse, and teenage pregnancy and parenting. One of the projects is to provide girls with music, design, storytelling, creative writing and dancing skills and opportunities; through this they learn to create and to promote and sell that which they create to sustain themselves financially.

The architect of the monument, Jan van Wijk, felt strongly about nature and therefore he is honoured by this open-air gallery where his ashes are embedded in a boulder, surrounded by indigenous olive trees and granite. Every few months an exhibit of various upcoming Afrikaans writers’ works is presented in the gallery’s display cases, made from recycled wood and glass, to focus on the cultural and ecological aspects of the monument.

The public can view Pearl’s exhibition from 1 September to the end of December 2019 in the Groen Galery. The monument, which is also the starting point of Paarl’s Tree Trail, is open daily from 08:00 to 17:00. Access is R40 for adults, R10 for SA students/pensioners and R5 for children (free under six years). Audio guides in various languages as well as free guided tours are available, and the monument also offers a playground for children, hiking trails and a restaurant.

For inquiries about the monument or to find out more about the many popular events and discounts, visit www.taalmonument.co.za or www.facebook.com/afrikaansetaalmonument. Call them on 021 863 0543/ 872 3441 or send an email to admin@taalmonument.co.za. See more on Blaq Pearl’s foundation at www.blaqpearlfoundation.org.za.

Poetry workshop

Nineteen people attended an enjoyable poetry workshop with poetry expert Prof Bernard Odendaal at the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) last month. Thanks to the ATKV-Skryfskool of the North-West University and the LW Hiemstra Trust’s support, the ATM was able to identify ten learners from three local high schools to attend the workshop free of charge, in honour of Youth Day 2019. Various aspects of poetry were discussed and there was also a practical section in which participants’ poems were improved. More exciting events at the ATM can be found at www.taalmuseum.co.za/upcoming-events/

Megan Adendorf (left), a student from New Orleans Secondary Paarl, and Sophia Oliphant attended the Taalmonument’s poetry workshop on 15 June 2019


Hello Cape Town Magazine article: A GALLERY IN THE WOODS

The Afrikaans Taalmonument, situated on Paarl Rock and visible from the N1 just added a new daily experience that yet again, combines its unprecedented location with the roll of preserving and tutoring about this native language.


Our Green Gallery poets speak their minds

“But a garden, the oldest sign of man’s quest for ordered beauty, a garden of poems, such as pressed flowers in an old book, how we rest there on a rock, a marshy trunk, a hidden violet winking!” This is how Philip Janse van Rensburg responds to the latest poetry exhibition in the Taalmonument’s open-air gallery. In addition, LitNet conducted interviews with most of the poets, which can be read here. But the best option is to visit the beautiful monument and Green Gallery itself.

Bring your poems to light

Taalmonument offers enjoyable workshop; also sponsoring local learners in honour of Youth Day

For those confronted by writer’s block when putting pen to paper or finger to keyboard to create poetry, the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) in Paarl once again offers a poetic solution: a workshop on Saturday, 15 June 2019, with poetry expert Prof Bernard Odendaal. Not only does this form part of the monument’s Youth Day commemorations, but participants’ best Afrikaans poems will be considered for the Green Gallery exhibition at the monument.

The enjoyable day, presented in conjunction with the ATKV-Skryfskool of the North-West University and the LW Hiemstra Trust, will discuss various aspects of poetry and include a practical section to polish participants’ poems. Since the workshop is aimed at people who want to gain insight into improving their poems, they are encouraged to bring one of their poems along. Odendaal, the director of the ATKV-Skryfskool, is an expert in the field of Afrikaans poetry and a published poet, songwriter and essayist in own right.

Some of the questions that will be discussed are:
• Why do we, as humans, write poems?
• What distinguishes poems from prose, for example? In other words, which manners of communication and creative means are particularly relevant in the writing of poetry?
• Do lyrics and poems differ at all from each other?
• Based on what can one judge a poem’s artistic value?

The workshop takes place in the conference room of the Taalmonument in Gabbema Doordriftstraat on Paarl Mountain from 09:00 to 16:00. It costs only R150 per person, which includes a free visit to the monument as well as coffee/tea, sweet treats and a delicious lunch. Places are limited, so please book timely with Jeffrey Pietersen on 021 872 3441 or send an e-mail to bemarking2@taalmuseum.co.za. In honour of Youth Day, the ATM will also sponsor 10 Drakenstein learners to attend the day for free.

Besides exciting music and other events, the ATM annually presents a series of workshops focusing on the development of basic professional skills. This year’s programme includes subjects such as book repairing, museum conservation and star trails photography. Anyone is welcome to make suggestions for additional workshops. See www.taalmonument.co.za for more and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. More on the ATKV-Skryfskool at http://humanities.nwu.ac.za/af/atkv-creative-writing/oor-ons