“When the bee comes to your house give her beer, you may want to visit her house one day” – Congolese proverb
Queens and Kings, Sisters and Brothers, Ladies and Gentlemen the time has arrived for the 20th edition of Poetry Meets Art, yes the 20th! It gives me the most pleasure to let you know that all of your support of Carpe Diem Events and other organisations for Congo has led to more and more Congolese women breaking the silence on rape and demanding justice and accountability! That’s amazing and we want to see this grow and develop for a greater change so let’s continue to move forward as ONE!
So what do we have in store for you this month……………
The creativity of this multi-talented artist goes from strength to strength at an inspiring rate so keep up! The beautiful and distinctive art that she creates from the poetry, performances, presentations and energy at this event just gets better and better and is a perfect reflection of all those who attend and the atmospher. Make sure you’re at this event to be part of the art and witness the magic.
Back again for the second time to the Carpe Diem Events stage we have the honour of being entertained by this highly energetic, witty and engaging rapper, singer and spoken work artist! She’ll have you tangled in her web of call and response, swimming in her sea of melodies and head-bopping to effortless flow and LyricL prowess!
Please prepare yourself for the raw, non-sugar coated and reflective poetry of Jolade – multi-talented spoken work artist, performer and photographer! His poetry is the perfect balance of personal experience and social commentary laced with clever and thought-provoking lines that make you sit up straight, pull your shoulders back and say ‘Yes Sah!’. This poet does not play so again, please prepare yourself!
A star is among us people! This spoken word artist, peformance poet and author is gracing us with her presence before going back to the US for don’t miss out, grab front row seats and sharpen your ears for the versatile style of Catherine Labiran. She effortlessly meanders between smooth and soft to rhythmic and sharp and never backing down from particular subjeccts; police brutality, resource exploitation, human traficking…..nothing is left untouched!
Most know her as a poet, founder of Hammer & Tongue poetry slam, event organiser and host but did you know that the lovely Miss Madsen is a journalist writing on the mineral exploitation in Congo! Yeah, who knew it right! She’s an absolute wealth of knowledge and is the perfect person to ask questions when it comes to accountability of ethical mineral so start thinking about what you’d like to ask – I know I have a tonne of questions! Michelle will be giving a presentation more her findings as a journalist shedding light on the dark world of minerals that power our technology so be alert for vital inforamtion and points of action….ATTEN…HUT!
As always there will be open mic so if you want to perform sign up in advance or arrive early. There’ll also be vegan food on sale for only £3 a plate (bargain or what?!) so arrive early to eat and drip a cocktail or two before the poetry begins and soak up the atmosphere!