Rhine-South Africa-Fellows

One German writer visits Johannesburg and one South African writer visits Cologne each year to meet, share works and take part in the cultural life of the two cities. This exciting new programme is initiated together with the literature initiative „Voices of Africa“ in Cologne.

Swantje Lichtenstein lives as writer, sound artist, translator, professor and editor in Cologne/Duesseldorf (Germany) Publication (Selection/German 2015 / 2016)  Transkript, (with Ninakarlin Prinz), Cologne 2016, Is the artist necessary for making art today? Cologne 2015, Ausfindig machen. Sprachkunst und textuelle Verfahren in den Künsten, Cologne 2015, Kommentararten, Berlin 2015  and in literary magazines and anthologies. Grants |  Scholarships Hungertuch für Literatur, Linz/D 2011 Artist in Residence Istanbul/TR | 2009 Writer’s Residency Brecht-House, Svendborg/DK | 2008 Writer’s Resicency Fundaziun Nairs, CH | 2007 Grant Art Foundation Baden-Wuerttemberg | 2001 Scholarship DAAD

Rhine-South-Africa-Fellows: Sylt Foundation and stimmen Afrikas at Allerweltshaus Cologne started the Residency exchange programme for writers from Germany and South Africa in 2015.

Two writers meet, exchange their works and introduce the foreigner into the versatile worlds of Cologne and Johannesburg. Each year a German writer will travel to Johannesburg and a South African writer will travel to Cologne to meet, share works and take part in the cultural life of the two cities.

Swantje Lichtenstein will stay in Johannesburg from 25th of August till 24th of September.

In exchange, renowned South African columnist and author Fred Khumalo had travelled to Cologne in May 2016. Fred Khumalo is author of the novel Bitches’ Brew (Jacana Media, 2006), for which he was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature in 2006. He is a fellow of the Academy of the Arts of the World.

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