European Championship & Gathering of Poetry Slam 2018
Hungary is proud to host the European Poetry Slam Championship 2018, extended into a week-long international performance poetry festival!
The main organizer, Slam Poetry Hungary Association welcomes more than 20 national poetry slam champions from all around Europe to a series of events between November 27 and December 1. The Guest of Honor is none other than the founding father of the genre, Marc Kelly Smith from Chicago and a small spoken word team led by him, the Chicago’s Speak Easy Ensemble 2018. They work together in a 3-day workshop series with poets coming from the Visegrad4 countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary), along with young slam poets representing Serbia, Macedonia and the Ukraine. Other VIP guests of the festival are Mwende „FreeQuency” Katwiwa (Kenya/USA), 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, and poet, professor and ‘Slam Master’ Bob Holman from New York, whose previous appearance on the Hungarian slam stages has already been a great success.
November 27th: a “Conference Day” at Anker’t Budapest, where workshops, debates and open discussions let the audience gain an insight into the origins and the present status of the genre both overseas and in Europe. The next day is the day of the Semi-finals, also at Anker’t, with over 20 European slammers competing with each other. November 29th is dedicated to performances at Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, where among other solo productions, the American-European collaboration present a unique, multilingual showcase with the title „Bridging Barriers”, as the culminating result of the intensive workshop sessions. Finally, the main highlight, of course, is the European Poetry Slam Championship Finals, taking place on November 30th, also on the stages of Trafó.
Funding is provided by the US Embassy Budapest (Government of the United States), the International Visegrad Fund and Trafó House of Contemporary Arts.
The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.
Slam Poetry Magyarország Egyesület (Slam Poetry Hungary Association)
Project Coordinator: Balázs Vajna, vice-president of Slam Poetry Hungary Association
Partners, Sponsors & Support:
International Visegrad Fund
Tilos Cultural Foundation
Slovak Institute Budapest
Austrian Institute Budapest
Citizens Association „Poezin” (Serbia)
Belgrade-based Literary and Slam Poetry Organization, production partner
Association of Citizens – Theater Workshop Prilep (Macedonia)
Prilep-based Macedonian Cultural Association, production partner
Public Organization Artistic Council Dialogue (Ukraine)
Lvov-based Ukrainian Cultural Organization, production partner
literarnyklub.sk Civil Association (Slovakia)
Slovakian Literary Association from Bratislava, production partner
Detour Production z.s. (Czech Republic)
Czech Event Organizer Company from Stepanov, production partner
CultureAction Foundation (Poland)
Cultural Foundation from Szamotuly, production partner
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