WORDS Festival | Sunday, 28th May

Sunday, 28 May, 2023 - 14:00

NIROX and WiSER will co-host a series of high-profile, topical but out-of-the-box panel discussions for a wide audience at the

WORDS Festival on Sunday, 28 May

The Festival, which began in 2017, is dedicated to the power and promise of WORDS written, spoken, and sung, bringing multiple disciplines together to appreciate and examine their profound influence in shaping our world.
Held at NIROX in the Cradle of Humankind, its 2023 Season will include an enticing array of literary talks, film screenings, a book fair, exhibitions, storytelling, poetry readings, and more, all with a focus on the power and potential of words. NIROX is partnering with WiSER, a hub of cutting-edge public humanities work at Wits University, to bring audiences sessions on topical, pressing and engaging themes.

Please join us at NIROX for the following events on the day:


Talks Programme:


Talk 1: Oceanic Linkages - India and South Africa

Panelists: Isabel Hofmeyr, Riyas Komu and Charne Lavery

Time: 11am


Talk 2: Ecological Futures/Rain&Fire/Extinction

Panelists: Sarah Nuttall, Achille Mbembe and Sudeep Sen

Time: 12:30pm


Talk 3: Radio Broadcasting and Pirate Radios

Panelists: Hlonipha Mokoena, Kaushal Sapre and Ângela Ferreira

Time: 2pm


The NIROX Foundation is an independent Non-Profit Trust, established and run for the benefit of the arts. It is committed to the global contemporary arts through its sculpture park, artist residency, workshops and outdoor concert venues. It is located within an extensive private nature reserve in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, 45 minutes from the centres of Johannesburg and Tshwane. 


NIROX Sculpture Park is located in the Cradle of Humankind on the R540, 20 minutes from Lanseria Airport; 45 minutes from Johannesburg & Pretoria.

Google Maps Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/place/NIROX+Sculpture+Park/@-25.9841433,27.7839497,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x1e9584d631be1e03:0x4769d32312be4c38!8m2!3d-25.9841481!4d27.7861384

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