Manchester, July 18, 2016. The importance and the relevance of Poetry and the creative arts come into sharp focus at this point in time. This is consistent with the quest for social cohesion and social harmony. Increasingly, the artist has an urgent role to play in the lives of our youth and our communities, especially at this moment of social decay and global uncertainties. With this in mind, it helps to be reminded that at the very root of our social ills, there's a deficiency in positive and socially responsible and creative self-expression. In light of this reality, the cultural arts and the cultural practitioners have a redemptive role to play in creating the required paradigm shift and the emerging social revolution.
In shaping the new social order, Poetry has a very critical function and pride of place because Poetry is the currency of the mind and language of the soul. Hence, the social health of Jamaica and the world needs Poetry for it's ventilation, renewal and social transformation.
In keeping with the international mandate of Poetry and the role of Arts in communities, Jamaica Poetry Festival (JPF) shall honour and celebrate in the spirit and council of our designation, The International Arts Edition. Accordingly, Mutabaruka, (GMG), shall receive the Life Time Achievement Award for his role in the social revolution. Tribute will also be paid to three literary giants, namely: Mervyn Morris, Kamau Brathwaite and June Jordan.
Workshops for Creative Writers & The Feast of Poetree
The Jamaica Poetry Festival 2016 unfolds at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, 36 Hope Road in Kingston on Sunday August 14th, commencing with a free youth-friendly writing workshop beginning 10am until 2:00pm. The Poetry Showcase which is dubbed, The Feast of Poetree takes centre stage at 7:00pm.
The Canadian Invasion
The Jamaican contingent: Professor Mervyn Morris (Poet Laureate of Jamaica), Yasus Afari, Nabbie Natural, Yeza Rebel, Susie Maine, Shane Morgan, Jah Lava, De Maveric are representing Jamaica, will be joined by their Canadian colleagues. Namely,
El Jones (a Poet Laureate of Canada), Ahmed Knowmadic (The Somalian), Scruffmouth Scribe, Bro Sankofa and PruffRock Shadow Runner (Canada's Slam Champion), which constitute the Canadian Invasion.
JPF 2016 is awarded the sponsorship of NCB, JCDC and SenYAcum.
Tickets Now Available: The Jamaica Poetry Festival tickets are now available at Bookophilia, JCDC, Fontana Pharmacy and New Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant.
Please see the attached flyer for detail and we anticipate the support of all sectors for Jamaica Poetry Festival 2016, Sunday August 14th, Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, Kingston, Jamaica.
With Honour, Love and Poetic Prosperity
JPF 2016 Team
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