4 February 2013

Namibia: Spoken Word Ready to Take On 2013

After a successful and exciting string of events in 2012, Spoken Word welcomes 2013 with fervour.

The initiative, which has been running once a month - every month, since 2003, is a platform to promote and advocate the appreciation, creation and performance of poetry in Namibia.

By presenting a live poetry event on the first Wednesday of each month, they give voice to social issues through poetry.

Started by a group of friends, Spoken Word has always been driven by a volunteer-based organising committee, which consists of passionate individuals who do it for the love of poetry.

Currently, the Spoken Word crew includes Tanya Stroh, Oshosheni Hivelua, Helvi Elago, Nesindano Namises and Clara Mupopiwa.

Apart from their monthly shows, the Spoken Word committee also organises collaborative events that showcase Namibian poetry, ranging from corporate performances to specially commissioned shows. They've had special Independence Day shows at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN), as well as a collaboration show with Free Your Mind and Song Night last year. Additionally, they organise and facilitate poetry workshops, and are looking at releasing a book, literature publication and a newsletter later this year. This will coincide with a 'Viva Poetry' theme.

To start off this year, the Spoken Word crew will be opening their stage with the 'Words in Motion' theme, which is a collaboration with AfricAvenir. This theme combines the beauty of poetry and film and allows the audience to see both in synergy, and, as the theme suggests, in motion.

Spoken Word celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, and the public can look forward to a range of special celebratory shows during the month of September.

Apart from encouraging new poets and artists, Spoken Word also strives to be a part of the growth of the culture of reading and writing. Under their 'All The Cool Kids' theme, the younger part of the Namibian youth is welcomed to showcase their poetry on the Spoken Word stage.

Poetry lovers in Windhoek can look forward to the first monthly instalment of Spoken Word this Wednesday, February 7, at the Warehouse Theatre (formerly the Playhouse Theatre).

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