A Performance Poetry Project with opportunities for you to get involved.
The Virtual 2 Actual Performance Poetry project connects performance poets and young people through workshops and performance opportunities. V2A has engaged nationally established performance poet Andrew Galen to mentor emerging performance poets Jackie Okot and Wynn Beard. Wynn and Jacki are delivering poetry workshops to young people across the Southern Tablelands and Eastern Riverina regions. Find out more about the youth workshops
Virtual 2 Actual Performance Poetry is possible through a partnership between Southern Tablelands Art, Eastern Riverina Arts, Jugiong Writers Festival and the Southern Highlands Writers Festival on Bowral.
Andrew Galan enjoys a national profile for his performance poetry and writing. In addition to mentoring the two emerging poets, Andrew has been commissioned to perform at each of the writer’s festivals. The performance at Jugiong Writers Festival happened on Sunday 23rd of May in the park at Jugiong. Watch out for his performance with the Southern Highlands Writers Festival later this year.
Andrew has been at the forefront of establishing spoken word as an art form and has been described as a voice of the surreal and satirical. As the lead poet in the V2A project Andrew will perform at both the Southern Highlands Writers Festival and the Jugiong Writers festivals
Emerging Poets Jacki Okot from Wagga Wagga and Wynn Beard from Bundanoon with support from Andrew will each lead a poetry group for young people. The youth poetry group will meet regularly both online and in person, creating connections and creative outlets.
Wynn has also created a Paint Chip Poetry activity for STA kids that you can do anytime with the whole family.
The V2A Performance Poetry project is one of 11 projects state-wide funded through the Regenerate Regional Event Initiative through Create NSW.
Images: Wynn, Andrew and Jacki