Rita, Elis

Rita, Elisangela (c) Indi Mateta

Elis Rita, civil name Elisangela Rita, born in Luanda, Angola, grew up between Angola and South Africa. She is a poet, spoken word artist and dubbing artist. She often acts as initiator and organizer of cultural and artistic projects. Thus, she founded “Luanda Slam”, the first poetry slam in Angola, initiated in 2017 the only slam for women in Angola “Muhatu” and founded with others “Casa Rede”, a cultural, event and art center in Luanda. She published “Coração Achado” (Chiado Books 2015).

Festival Content


What Is A Poem In The Face Of A Revolution?

Großes Parkett 8/6 € Tickets



Opening your mouth means getting involved. Spoken Word is poetic, performative, political, socially engaged and artistically diverse. Over the course of two separate evenings, ten national and international poets will present their poetic work. The invited authors have written texts that bear witness to experiences of exclusion and discrimination, the struggle for sexual freedom, self-determination and climate catastrophe – or simply the search for closeness and love. Whether spoken, sung or rapped – those who speak here speak for themselves, but also for and with others. Begging the question: How can we listen to each other, learn from each other and imagine living and writing together?


Bowen, DeanÉlémoRita, ElisSabbagh, TanasgolLaFleur, Jessy James

POETRY TALK: Meimei Bastos & Elis Rita

Für diejenigen, die noch geboren werden (For Those Who Are Yet To Be Born)

Clubraum 7/5 € | Tickets


The world in a poem, a poem in the world – in their poems, poets Meimei Bastos and Elis Rita turn their eyes to the large and small transformations they see in the world. In this poetry conversation, they will reflect on these changes and the ways they are changed by their own writing, reflecting on the processes and inputs that precede their artistic work, and their performances onstage. Who (or what) inspires their wok? What do their poems react to? What reactions do they hope their poems might inspire, what ripple effects might they generate? Together they will consider their work’s poetic backdrop – and the horizons of future possibilities they look to.

Moderation: Angélica Freitas

Bastos, MeimeiRita, Elis