Published: DNA | July 22, 2016 | Tanushree Bhatia
Ahmedabad: In a first for the city, Ahmedabad is all set to host an international poetry festival spanning three days that will witness enthusiasts from all over Gujarat congregating at the institute. The festival is being hosted by Delhi Poetry Slam and Ahmedabad Poetry Slam in partnership with the literary committee of MICA.
The festival is being conducted by World Poetry Slam Champion Ikenna Onyegbula from Canada, performance poet Andy Conner from the United Kingdom and spoken word poet Kyle Louw from South Africa - who will train participants to write and perform spoken word poetry. The three-day festival will begin on July 29 at the MICA campus and have extensive workshops like creative writing, poetry sessions, performances, etc.
Confirming the same, Preeti Shroff, dean at MICA said, “We are opening our campus to people of the city and are extremely keen to promote cultural events and engage with the city. This event will set the ball rolling.”
Day 1 will witness a creative writing session with Birmingham-based poet Andy Conner where participants will learn the tools of expressing their thoughts through poetry.
Vinti Agrawal, planning member for MCIA LitComm said, “There will be sessions focusing on activities that will help participants understand the emotional side of writing a poem and gaining the confidence to pen emotional experiences through the poetic medium. A basic introductory session with spoken word poets Kyle Louw and Ikenna Onyegbula will focus on basic tips on performing a poem in front of an audience. A safe space will be created where participants can let go of their inhibitions and gain confidence to recite their poetry. Through a series of activities, participants will learn to recite, perform and be confident on stage.”
Other sessions will include stage techniques and body postures led by Andy Conner, where participants will learn essential techniques on movement, body posture and voice modulation that are required on stage.
The festival is open for all but we have 30 seats for MICA students and 10 seats for staff and faculty.