Monday, 15 June 2015


The countdown has begun for The Third McGregor Poetry Festival which will take place from August 27th – 30th 2015

We are delighted to be welcoming so many well- known poets and newcomers to our Festival again this year. We have a great line-up of poets who will share their talents with you in one way or another. It is indeed heart-warming for us, as a committee, to feel and experience the support of poets and poetry lovers from near and far.

Our festival once again promises to be a very special event. 

The little village of McGregor in the Cape Winelands is the perfect setting for this gathering of poets and poetry lovers. And winter is the perfect time for a festival such as ours. Our starry skies are legendary, our venues are warm and cosy (many with log fires), and our local red wine is superb.

Come and enjoy the warm intimacy of The McGregor Poetry Festival, meet our friendly locals, enjoy our excellent restaurants and venues – all within walking distance of one another – and come and enrich your mind, your heart and your soul.

Some of our very special venues this year are:
  • De Akker – our charming old town hall
  • The beautiful NG village church, and The Little Way at Temenos
  • Wahnfried – McGregor’s own film and concert hall 
  • The D’Amphitheater – set under the stars beside a roaring fire
  • The Tree House
  • Two Poetry libraries
  • The legendary Well 
  • The beautiful Edna Fourie Art Gallery
  • The brand-new Bemind Winery

Our Festival will include:
  • Our programme of Poetry readings
  • A Festival lecture
  • Music and Poetry presentations
  • Book launches
  • A Poetry dinner in the company of poets
  • Poetry Films
  • A lively Fringe
  • Late night venues
  • Open Mic

McGregor offers a wide range of accommodation from Backpackers to Four Star luxury. There are also self- catering options. If you would like to enjoy the wines of the Breede Valley at the same time as the Festival, Robertson – only 12 minutes from McGregor – also offers a wide variety of excellent accommodation. Please book your accommodation now so you won’t be disappointed. For more details have a look at our Bookings page
Alternatively, McGregor is a 2 hour drive from Cape Town, so plan to take the day out in beautiful McGregor for an unforgettable experience of poetry and entertainment.

This year we have also launched VIDEOPOETRY. Take a look on our blog. The sky is the limit and we would welcome your submissions to this exciting form of poetry. Take out your poems, your cameras, your cell phones and get creative!


We will be launching the McGregor Poetry Anthology 2014 in Cape Town at Hugh Hodge’s Off-The-Wall event in Observatory on Monday 27 July at 8.00pm and at the McGregor Poetry Festival on Saturday 29th August at 6.30pm in Caritas at Temenos. We look forward to welcoming you to one of these events …..or both! 

See you at the festival!

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