Pompano Beach Arts kicks off its 5th Annual Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival on December 8-10, 2022. The festival will feature artist-led workshops, poetry cyphers, artist talks, and special events including a theatre performance of County of Kings presented by Literature to Life (New York).
“This 3-day poetry extravaganza is all about community and connection,” said Ty Tabing, Cultural Affairs Director. “The tradition of oral poetic performances is both a historically and culturally significant art form. Spoken word is often used to convey important and enlightening messages to society, and the artists in this event are fierce and skillful orators who have much to say.”
The festival will showcase spoken word artists and writers from around the US, with participants from eight different states. South Florida’s own Jonkel (Miami, FL) and Zarro (West Palm Beach, FL) will be amongst this year’s competitors. This year’s first prize winner will receive $2,500, the second prize winner $1,500 and the third prize winner $1,000.
Festival goers will have the opportunity to attend an artist talk entitled Transcending Genres: Navigating as an Artist Manager with Tavia Osbey, Co-Founder of MidCitizen Entertainment and Artist Manager to musical acts Tank and The Bangas and Alfred Banks.
Additionally, this year’s festival will feature a theatrical performance of County of Kings, a one man play adapted from the life of Tony Award–winning poet, spoken word artist and playwright, Lemon Andersen.
To close it out, the final stage of the festival will be hosted by New Orleans-based poet, writer, and teaching artist, Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley who has appeared on the third season of TV One’s Verses and Flow, and her work has been featured on many platforms including Huffington Post, For Harriet, Teen Vogue, BBC World Radio, and recording projects with Grammy Award-winning artists.
“As we celebrate this milestone event, I am very proud of both the incredible performances we have experienced and the educational aspect of the festival,” said Sharonda “Eccentrich” Richardson, Festival Coordinator and a nationally ranked poet. “Slam poetry is a brilliant way to discover self-identity and enhance confidence. Teaching these communication skills to our younger generation has been a tremendously gratifying aspect of this festival and a wonderful addition to the City’s programming.”
An all-access festival pass is $30 and includes access to all poetry slams, artist talks, and theatre performance; and daily passes are also available for $10.
For tickets and more details, visit www.pompanobeacharts.org.
This is a Hy-Lo News Staff Report.