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POETRY AFRICA SLAM AUDITIONS (article first published : 2003-05-3)

Following Durban’s introduction to Slam Poetry during Poetry Africa in 2002, auditions for this year’s slam section of the festival are being held on May 10, organized by SPOT (Slam Poets Organizing Team), in partnership with the Centre for Creative Arts. The 2003 Poetry Africa Slam event will be co-ordinated by visiting poet and slam specialist Bob Holman (USA) in conjunction with Eric “Coolfire” Hadebe (South Africa).

For the uninitiated, Poetry Slams are a competitive form of performance poetry which is evolving into many formats across the world. Dynamic and fast-moving, and emphasising audience involvement, a set number of poets will square off against each other - and against the clock - presenting their poems in strictly administered time-frames, and in a series of rounds. Slams promote a fun approach to literary appreciation.

Known as the “Ringmaster of the Spoken Word”, Holman is one of the founders of the Slam Movement in New York and has been for years a principal organizer of major poetry events, including clubs, festivals and television shows. “Coolfire” is a member of SPOT, who have been keeping the flame of Slam poetry alive in Durban.

In preparation for this year’s Slam event, the auditions will be held on May 10 at the BAT Centre from 14h00. A panel of adjudicators will select three winners for the slam session of the main programme of Poetry Africa 2003, which runs from May 26-31 at the Elizabeth Sneddon theatre, University of Natal. Poets are invited to combine poetic excellence and competitive edge and test their sharpness at the auditions.

Poets wishing to register for auditions should call Centre for Creative Arts on 031 260 2506; fax 031 260 3074; SPOT on 082 979 4204 or 083 364 8312. Or e-mail: cca@nu.ac.za or visit www.und.ac.za/und/carts/




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