Spoken word poetry is a fast growing literary movement in
Aotearoa and worldwide.
The amount of people being inspired by spoken word poetry as
audiences and as new poets in Aotearoa is overwhelming.
Spoken word poetry is becoming a new language that cuts past
social, economic and geographic boundaries. It inspires,
connects, challenges, educates and creates dialogues. It provides a
safe and creative vehicle for our young people to explore, discuss
and express their own stories.
As a result we have a very hungry group of emerging spoken word
and performance poets for artistic development opportunities
To date, the only learning opportunity locally is the
initiatives of a handful of experienced spoken word and performance
poets, of which we are.
Last year Grace Taylor (Spoken Word Poet, co founder of South
Auckland Poets Collective and the Rising Voices Youth Poetry Slam)
Daren Kamali (Pacific Performance Poet & Cofounder of the South
Auckland Poets Collective) were invited to attend a one of the best
Hip Hop and Spoken Word Poetry Educators Institutes in the world,
the 'Hip Hop in the Heartland' at University of Wisconsin,
Madison. The 5 day intensive course brought together
the leading educators, professors and emcees utilizing the media of
spoken word and hip hop as a dynamic and relevant educational tool
to engage students across multi-disciplinary curricula.
On returning to New Zealand Grace and Daren adapted and shared
the skills and resources they had gained from the course, by
offering workshops and programmes across New Zealand. They
were able to contribute to the artistic growth of around 50 new
spoken word poets in Aotearoa. As well as to the development
and resourcing of 5 new spoken word poetry educators/teaching
artists under their mentorship.
Attending this institute, Grace and Daren are also ambassadors
for Aotearoa spoken word poetry, both the movement and the poets on
a international level. We certainly have a particular style
that truly stands out amongst the more common spoken word poetry
style of USA. One that we promote proudly and loudly.
This year Grace and Daren have once again been invited
to attend 'Hip Hop in the Heartland 2013' at the University of
Wisconsin, Madison - from July 22nd - 26th.
"To be the best teachers, we need to be the best students.
By supporting us to attend this valuable 5 Day course, you
are supporting the development of the future of spoken word poets
and the careers of teachers/mentors/practitioners in
Aotearoa. You are contributing to the movement of spoken word
poetry in Aotearoa. To the voice of our own people - and we thank
- Grace Taylor
How much should I give to the True Voices
Proudly Spoken Project?
We need 400 people to donate $20 each, or 200 people to each
donate $40 to reach our goal. That is trading a KFC meal for the
future of Aotearoa creative voices. All donations over $5
qualify for a tax
credit and go towards enhancing the movement of spoken word
poetry in Aotearoa!
We would love to meet our supporters and doners and you can expect
a update soon with a meet & taster event with us over the next
HIP HOP IN THE HEARTLAND
SUP - Stand Up Poetry
73 MONTHS AGO
|The debut of South Auckland's Poetry Open Mic night - SUP (Stand Up Poetry). Brought to you by Niu Navigations (Daren Kamali & Grace Taylor) and the South Auckland Poets Collective.
These monthly open mic nights are not restricted to one venue, we will roam South Auckland, popping up for SUP in a different Southside suburb once a month.
Any poetry is welcome, spoken word, recital, performance, prose...just come on down and sign up.
Koha only entry
Our first SUP will be in 'The Black Room' at Manukau Insititute of Technology's Creative Arts School was a packed out event.
Hosting International Poets in Aotearoa
73 MONTHS AGO
USA respected and well established poets Ken Arkind & Carrie Rudzinski are currently touring Aotearoa.
Niu Navigtions is hosting a beginners to slam and spoken word poetry workshop they will be running "HOW WE RISE". This is about providing invaluable opportunities for our local poets to learn from some of the worlds best.
Details on flyer...
Zach Soakai - Pink Plastic
73 MONTHS AGO
One of our poets, Zach, from the Navigating Spaces programme 2012. With his poem pink plastic he challenges the stereotypes of what a man is within our Pacific cultures.
Arizona Ledger - Introducing Culture
73 MONTHS AGO
One of the poets from Navigating Spaces with her poem that was in exhibition in the Auckland Museum last year.
Navigating Spaces Poets Performance Features
74 MONTHS AGO
Check out this link below for 3 of the poets from Navigating Spaces performance of orignal poems
1 of our Past Projects - Navigating Spaces
74 MONTHS AGO
This was one of our projects last year in collaboration with the Urbanlife Youth Project at Auckland Museum and Action Education.
Navigating Spaces was a group of 8 Polynesian youth using spoken-word poetry to navigate their way through Auckland's urban culture. They drew inspiration from Auckland Museum's collection of tapa and masi patterns, as well as sketches of Tongan life and migration in the 1950s.
The 10 week programme in a community showcase, filmed perforamce of each poets orignal poem to be on exhibtion in the Pacific collections at Auckland Museum for a month. They were also invited to perform in the Museum in November 2012.
Since the programme, 2 poets have contiuned to develop their new craft with invitations to perform around Auckland. They all continue to write poetry and share with eachother, provide feedback and support via a active Facebook group page.