The People’s Poetry Festival is a 3-day event held in Kensington, Calgary, Alberta. The festival combines poetry, spoken word and visual art to bring you three glorious days of celebrating street poetry in Calgary. Throughout the year, we also hope to hold a number of events – from our book launch, to poetry readings and the occassional poetry bash or four – but the crux of our being happens in August, when the sun is high and hot above us, and the streets are primed for a little poetic lovin’.
The totally free, three-day festival includes a kick-off event Friday evening to introduce the appointed People’s Poet of Honor, Jen Kunlire. The next two, full days – Saturday and Sunday – are filled with Poetic Graffiti walks – our (not-so) patented outdoor art show that combines a poet’s words with a visual artist’s vision, tucked between buildings and down sidestreets in Kensington – a variety of DIY poetry stations – where you, too, can prevent poetic apathy – and a host of live, open mic and scheduled readings from the People’s Poet of Honor and other great headliners. We also throw in a few workshops and lectures for your enjoyment, including an event hosted at the Central Library, and leave PPF-branded jars lying around your favorite Kensington pubs and coffee shops, so that you too can take part by writing a little napkin or coaster poetry!
Excited? Thought so.
So, how can you get involved?
1. Attend this event
2. Volunteer at this event
3. Perform at this event
Watch our website and Facebook page for what is happening.
EMAIL ME to volunteer. We need volunteers to run the Poetry DIY stations. You’ll get a sweet t-shirt and a sandwich. Not to mention the opportunity to bring poetry to Calgarians and hang out with Jen KunlireThe People’s Poetry Poet of Honour for 2012, Sheri-D Wilson, Dave Eso,Weyman Chan, Kirk Miles, Richard Harrison, Bob Stallworthy and Andre Prefontaine…with more to announce.
YOUTH MIC happens Saturday August 18th at The House Coffee Shop from 5-7pm and we need you to perform, host and/or attend! This will be held in collaboration with Sheri-D Wilson and the fine work she does with young spoken word artists in Calgary. Please email me if you’d like to take part in this 2nd annual People’s Poetry Festival Youth Open Mic!
My email is [email protected]
See you on the streets on Kensington August 17-19. Bring a poem, a song and a friend!