Performance Poets get a boost with opportunities for you to get involved.

STA are looking for an emerging performance poet to be part of the Virtual 2 Actual Performance Poetry project. Virtual 2 Actual Performance Poetry is possible through a partnership between Southern Tablelands Art, Eastern Riverina Arts, Jugiong Writers Festival and Southern Highlands Writers Festival.

The project connects performance poets and young people through online workshops and performance opportunities.

If you are an emerging performance poet download the expression of interest info to get involved – V2A Emerging Poet EOI

Working with the emerging poet will be Andrew Galan who enjoys a national profile for his performance poetry and writing. Andrew has signed up to lead the project by mentoring two emerging poets and creating new work for each of the writer’s festivals. 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.

Jacki Okot is an emerging poet from Wagga Wagga who joins the project from the Eastern Riverina Arts area. Jacki with support from Andrew through a program of regular mentoring sessions will lead a poetry group for young people. The youth poetry group will meet regularly online, creating connections and creative outlets during this incredibly difficult time. Jacki will join Andrew for performance at the Jugiong Writers Festival.

Moving East the project will run a parallel program around the Wingecarribee area. Southern Tablelands Arts are keen to hear from interested emerging performance poets who would like to join the project, be mentored by Andrew and lead a youth poetry online workshop series. This role includes performance at the Southern Highlands Writers festival in Bowral and is a professional opportunity for the successful emerging poet.

Perhaps most importantly Virtual 2 Actual is looking for young people to join one of the two youth poetry groups. One centred around Wagga Wagga and the other in the Wingecarribee district, although with workshops being offered online the project is open to all interested young people (13-18 years of age) across the Southern Tablelands Arts and Eastern Riverina Arts territories. Bookings will open for the Youth Poetry Workshops soon, so watch this space.

The V2A Performance Poetry project is one of 11 projects state-wide funded through the Regenerate Regional Event Initiative through Create NSW.

Image: Andrew Galan,nationally recognised performance poet in action and leader of the Virtual to Actual Performance Poetry project. Photo Adam Thomas