Setting poetry’s reputation right
For too long many people have considered poetry performances as dull and boring. But organisers of a new festival of words and storytelling in Wanaka – Outspoken – are out to change that perception. Outspoken organiser Julia Le said the idea of the festival, being held for the first time, was to spread the word that words are cool. Many people shut down when they hear poetry but modern poets were ‘‘so alive’’, a mix of stand-up comedy and poetry, she said. Organiser Liz Berslin said the festival will feature renowned Kiwi poets including poetry slam champions Ali Jacs and Tourettes, a rapping hip hop poet. ‘‘Rap-to-poetry, the line is very fine. It’s in your face stuff,’’ she said. The festival was officially started on Sunday with performances by one of New Zealand’s most celebrated bards, Sam Hunt. His performance, dubbed ‘‘songs for the tone-deaf’’, touched on war, life-after-death and his son but was also littered with humour. On Monday a Rhyme Time free session for 5- to 9-year-olds will be held at the Wanaka Library. From then workshops and performance nights will be held every Tuesday until February 18 as well as a special workshop on January 22 by Sue Wootton.
Outspoken – Festival of words and story telling
To February 18 Visit outspokenfestival.co.nz