Qatar National Library (QNL), in collaboration with the German embassy and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, will hold a three-day ‘Poetry Slam’ workshop from March 18 - 20, leading to a final performance on March 21, as part of the Qatar-Germany 2017 Year of Culture.
The workshop aims to support students and poetry enthusiasts in Qatar, aged 18 to 22 years, who are interested in literature, poetry and performance. With the guidance of two renowned German poetry slammers and workshop instructors, Julian Heun and Dominique Macri, participants will develop their own texts reflecting their culture and interests.
Participants will be given the opportunity to work on their ideas with the instructors, get feedback from their co-participants and practice performance and reading techniques together. Participants will then prepare a presentation for a public poetry slam performance, which will conclude the workshop.
Abeer al-Kuwari, director, research and learning at QNL, said, “Poetry Slam is a new and growing field in Qatar, and through this workshop we aim to support young talent interested in learning more about this art form. One of QNL’s mandates is to cultivate creativity and we hope to give our young poets an opportunity to express themselves through this educational and creative platform.”
Dr Gabriele Landwehr, general manager, Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, added, “Cultural exchange through literature is normally bound to a common language, but with poetry, and especially poetry slam, the performance aspect is added which makes it accessible to people of different backgrounds.”
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