Poetry slam championships

Poetry Slam European Championship & International Gathering
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 will 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, Ukraine, Turkey and France.
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. Additionally, along with local slam poets, Philip Meersman,
Belgian slammer, head coordinator and organizer of the European Championships and Jaan
Malin alias Luulur, Estonian sound poet, editor, essayist, curator will add poetic colour and
joy to the program.   
November 27th will be a “Conference Day” at Anker’t Budapest, where workshops, debates
and open discussions will 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 will 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.
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.
https://www.visegradfund.org/
#V4 #Visegrad
Funding is provided by the United States Government.

Link: http://slampoetry.hu/en/euro2018budapest/
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Press Contact: Péter Mészáros media@slampoetry.hu
Program

 
TUE 27 NOVEMBER 2018 - CONFERENCE DAY
16:00 Slam Masters' Public Talk @ Anker't Budapest
16:00 Workshop held by Hungarian artist, slammer, former national champion Kristóf Horváth
17:00 Bob Holman's lecture on one of his main projects, "The Oral Tradition".
18:00 Marc Smith's master class about the genre of his invention
19:30 The Grand Slam Debate @ Anker't Budapest
An interactive dialogue about the developments of the genre, led by Marc Smith on one side and Bob
Holman on the other. For the first time in the history of slam poetry, the two slam gurus can publicly
discuss their sometimes conflicting views of slam poetry, reflecting on its origins, definition problems,
commercialisation tendencies, institutionalised models, successes and downfalls.
Hosts: Philip Meersman (B) & Márk “Saiid” Süveg (H)
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WED 28 NOVEMBER 2018 - DAY OF THE SEMI-FINALS
08:00 Tilos Radio Broadcast @ Tilos Studio
Invitation of Euro18 participants for radio interviews and live acts to popular Wednesday morning talk
show “Kolorlokal”.
 
17:00 Semi-finals of the European Poetry Slam Championship @ Anker’t Budapest
First rounds of the competition involving all European slam champions. Judges will be selected mainly
from the US delegation and possibly other EU slam affiliates. Judge President: Bob Holman.
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THURS 29 NOVEMBER 2018 - PERFORMANCE DAY
19:00 Showcase by Hungarian slammers
20:00 „Bridging Barriers” Live Showcase @ Trafó
Final performance production of an intensive, 3-day workshop session, worked out by European slam
poets (from Serbia, Macedonia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Turkey, France, Hungary)
and Chicago’s Speak Easy Ensemble 2018, led by Marc Kelly Smith, displaying how different
languages and cultures may be creatively brought together, with purpose and harmony, to produce
fruitful and intriguing works of art, with dynamic interaction and audience engagement.
21:00 American Slam Showcase @ Trafó
Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa - 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion
Bob Holman (USA)
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FRI 30 NOVEMBER 2018 - DAY OF THE FINALS

16:00 Discussion about the past, present and future of European Poetry Slam Championships
(private event)
19:00 Finals of the European Slam Championship @ Trafó
Final rounds of the competition. Judges will be selected mainly from the US delegation and possibly
other EU slam affiliates. Judge President: Bob Holman.
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SAT DECEMBER 1 2018 – POST-GATHERING @ MIKA TIVADAR MULATÓ
Last informal gathering where you can meet the participants, to look bakc and share some good
memories of the past happenings and exchange contact.

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Venues:
Anker’t                    Paulay Ede Utca 33, 1061 Budapest   
Trafó House Of Contemporary Arts    Liliom Utca 41, 1094 Budapest   
Main organizer:
Slam Poetry Magyarország Egyesület (Slam Poetry Hungary Association)
Partners, Sponsors & Support:
International Visegrad Fund https://www.visegradfund.org/
US Embassy Budapest Hungary https://hu.usembassy.gov/hu/
Trafó House of Contemporary Arts http://trafo.hu/
Anker’t Budapest  https://www.facebook.com/ankertbar/
Tilos Cultural Foundation https://tilos.hu/
Slovak Institute Budapest https://www.mzv.sk/web/sibudapest-hu
Austrian Institute Budapest https://www.bmeia.gv.at
Finnagora Hungary http://www.finnagora.hu
Citizens Association „Poezin” (Serbia) http://www.slamstudio.org/
Association of Citizens - Theater Workshop Prilep (Macedonia) http://teatarskiraboti.wixsite.com/prilep
Public Organization Artistic Council Dialogue (Ukraine) http://dialogue.lviv.ua/
literarnyklub.sk Civil Association (Slovakia) http://www.literarnyklub.sk/
Detour Production z.s. (Czech Republic) http://www.slampoetry.cz/
CultureAction Foundation (Poland) http://fundacja-fka.pl/
StreamOn http://streamon.hu/

European Poetry Slam Champions:
Austria: Katharina Wenty
Belgium: Nathan Jonniaux aka REQ
Croatia: Stilda Roguljić
Cyprus: Constantinos Papageorgiou
Czech Republic: Filip Koryta aka Dr Filipitch
Estonia: Silver Sepp
Finland: Jonna Nummela aka Nihkee Akka
Hungary: Péter Molnár
Iceland: Jón Magnús Arnarsson
Ireland: Nuala Leonard
Italy: Luca Bernardini, Paride Rama
Lithuania: Aistė Šivytė
Macedonia: Marija Grubor
Norway: Sofie Frost
Poland: Aleksandra Kanar
Serbia: Nenad Ignjatović
Slovakia: Samčo Brat ďážďoviek (Sammie the brother of worms)
Slovenia: Neža Prah Seničar
Spain: Adriana Bertran
Sweden: Mattias Hammarström
Ukraine: Dmytro Lazutkin
 
Bridging Barriers Workshop & Performance:
Chicago's Speak Easy Ensemble: Marc Kelly Smith, Nate Smith, Bailey Castle, Joel Chmara, Eli
Bensusan
Goran Zivkovic (Serbia)
Elena Prendjova (Macedonia)
Tomas Straka (Slovakia)
Anna Kalfas aka Rudka Zydel (Poland)
Vaclav Sindelar aka Anatol Svahilec (Czech)
Pavlo Korobchuk (Ukraine)
Marton Simon (Hungary)
Mr Zurg & Yopo (France)
 
US Team:
Bob Holman
Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa (2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion)
Chicago’s Speak Easy Ensemble 2018:
Marc Kelly Smith
Nate Smith
Bailey Castle
Joel Chmara
Eli Bensusan

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.
https://www.visegradfund.org/
#V4 #Visegrad

Funding is provided by the United States Government.