The Bookworm’s Poetry Project is a celebration of the art of contemporary spoken word. From school workshops and an inter-school battle, to public performances at The Bookworm and genre-defying showcases at venues around Beijing, The Poetry Project is a two-week immersion into performance poetry for all ages.
The following events are at The Bookworm. Tickets are 50rmb.
Tuesday, October 23 8pm
Bodhan Piasecki is a poet from Poland currently based in the UK. He has featured at some of the country’s most exciting spoken word nights and festivals and has completed several international poetry tours. Piasecki is Poland’s first Slam poet and launched the first Poetry Slams in the Cultural Palace in Warsaw. Piasecki writes and performs in English and Polish. Piasecki’s performances deliver a mix of languages, cultures, rhythms and mediums. Don’t miss his ‘multilingual circus show of poetry.”
Wednesday, October 24 8pm
Malaysian-Australia rapper and poet Omar Musa is on a mission is to “introduce a new level of poetry to Australian hip- hop”. Musa has won numerous awards for poetry and music, including the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. He has released a book of poetry and three hip-hop albums recorded in the USA and has toured throughout Asia, Europe and Australia, for writers festivals and hip-hop shows, including tour support for Gil Scott-Heron. Join us to as Musa delivers a trademark powerful performance, tackling social issues with depth, compassion, humor and swagger.
Friday, October 26 8pm
Amber Lights/ Please Resist Me
An Australian writer whose work blends hip-hop, poetry and music, Luka Lesson brings his dynamic and powerful spoken word performance to our stage. Blending roof-raising hip-hop bravado with social consciousness, Lesson creates an unforgettable experience for every audience. The winner of the 2011 Australian National Slam Championship, Lesson is the cofounder and co-director of The Centre for Poetics and Justice, an organization that uses poetry for community engagement and development. He has spent years conducting hip-hop or poetry workshops with Indigenous, Islander, African and other marginalized communities in Australia. Don’t miss this exciting performance of new poems from his latest work Amber Lights.
The Poetry Project is brought to in part by the Australian Embassy and the Polish Embassy.