Thursday, April 16, 2009

Time to Slam, Y'all!!

Taken from Facebook Events:

Poetry Slam is back in Malaysia! Hosted by George Wielgus and Elaine Foster (previous Slam champs in Singapore and KL),the fourth installment of the Slam in KL this time takes the theme 'Pantun'. And for any of you who have forgotten their schooldays, I suggest Wiki it. Totally open to your own interpretation, all Slammers must perform an original Pantun in the first round only. Slammers can perform in either BM or English or both.

Anyone interested to Slam on that night should register before 7:00pm on the 25th. Early Birds can register via FaceBook.

The Slam is free to both watch and participate in but a small donation to go back into the prize fund will be much appreciated!

What is Poetry Slam™?

• Poetry Slam™ is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it

• Poetry Slam™ is a three round poetry contest in which poets perform, recite, or read
their works before an audience under a time limit (usually three minutes each)

• The poems are judged immediately afterward by five people picked randomly from the audience who award numerical values (from zero to ten) to each poem. Individual or group that scores the highest points, wins the competition.

What are the rules?

Though rules vary from slam to slam, the basic rules are:

• Each poem must be of the poet’s own construction.

• Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten second grace period) to read one poem, if the poet goes over, points will be deducted from the total score.

• The poet may or may not use props, costumes, or musical instruments (this depends on the slam master).

• Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the highest and lowest scores are dropped, and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30.

• There are many other kinds of specialised slams – following themes e.g. Dead Poet Slams (classic poets, presented by performers); poetical form slams like sonnet, haiku or pantoum slams; or thematic slams e.g. romantic, environmental slams etc.

• Solo or team competition (up to 4 members).

• Group competition has become one of the hallmarks of international slam culture and it helps to develop a sense of community and team spirit, adding a great deal of artistic excitement to any slam event.

How does Poetry Slam™ differ from an open Mike reading?

• Poetry Slam™ is engineered for the audience, whereas a number of open mike readings
are engineered as a support network for poets.

• Poetry Slam™ is designed for the audience to react vocally and openly to all aspects of
the show, including the poet’s performance, the judges’ scores, and the host’s banter

What kind of poetry is read at Poetry Slams™?

• You’ll find a diverse range of work within slam, including heartfelt love poetry, searing social
commentary, uproarious comic routines, and bittersweet personal confessional pieces.

• Poets are free to do work in any style on any subject if it is not a specialised (thematic)
Poetry Slam.

How do I win a Poetry Slam™?

• Winning a poetry slam requires some measure of skill and a huge dose of luck. The judges’ tastes, the audience’s reactions, and the poets’ performances all shape a slam event.

• There’s no formula for winning a slam, although you become a stronger poet and performer the same way you get to Carnegie Hall — practice, practice, practice.

So to sum it all up... You have to check this out. Probably one of the coolest event to ever hit the Malaysia shores.

Date/Day: 25th March 2009 / Saturday
Venue: Lepaq Cafe, Sri Hartamas
Time: 7.00 p.m.

And its free Y'all!!

p.s. I just found out that Fynn Jamal and Hazlan are in the Slam! More reasons to go check out the Poetry Slam eh.


NisaKhirudin said...

this entry should be post out before poetry paper... then only i can answer my last question. ish ish ish!

Lishaznia said...

Hehe... was not gonna make it easy for you guys la. We wanted you all to sweat a bit during the finals :P

NisaKhirudin said...

sweat a bit? we sweat like a pig kot. susah! so miss, are u going to join the poetry slam?

Lishaznia said...

alolo... sian korang. Hehehe. Well, wat to do wats done is done. But be prepared I might make you sweat some more in the semesters to come. Muahahaha!!

Unfortunately I wont be able to make it to the Poetry slam. But you guys go ahead la. Check out the pros battle it out.

I, on the other hand, will be at SoHo KL promoting my blogshop at the A:Fair Weekend Bazaar. Eh, if you're in the area datang la tgk2 ye. It'll be from 12pm - Midnight.

This is the link to my blogshop:

NisaKhirudin said...

Okay cun! i'll see what i can do. have fun making money there!


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