Poetry fest calls for collaborative works

Mar 03, 2018
Courtesy of: Ned Lightner Poet and artist Kifah Abdullah presents at the 2017 Belfast Poetry Festival.

Belfast — The 14th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival seeks teams of poets, performers and artists for its annual juried presentation of original collaborative works featuring poetry combined with visual and/or performance arts. The festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13, in downtown Belfast.

A major focus of the festival, Saturday night’s program will feature the celebratory showcase of poetry combined with visual arts, poetry with performance arts and poetry in combinations never before imagined or known.

The work will be presented live in a multimedia hall with a performance stage, a sound system and a large-scale projection screen for artwork. Each collaborative team will have eight minutes for presentation during the show. Collaborations by teams of more than two people are welcome and encouraged.

In addition, the festival also is seeking applications for a limited number of collaborations of poetry and visual art for physical display or installation in Belfast venues during the month of October, without live performance or presentation.

The Belfast Poetry Festival draws a devoted assemblage of poets and artists from across the state and beyond. This year, the Belfast Poetry Festival will have a two-step submission process. Interested parties should submit a letter of intent with the materials requested below. If festival organizers take an interest in a submitted sample of work and suggested team of collaborators, it will request a more detailed and formal written concept of the proposed collaborative work later in April.

To be considered for this year’s collaborative showcase, please include “2018 Submission” in the subject line of an email and send: five poems; five images of the collaborating artist’s work or audio or video material; short bios (75 words or less); links to websites; and one or two sentences about themes submitters are excited to explore.

Submissions will be reviewed by the seven-person Festival Committee. Looking through past collaborations on the festival’s website, belfastpoetry.com, is suggested.

Submissions should be sent to belfastpoetryfestival@gmail.com by April 1; embed poems in the email message text and send images and/or clips as attachments. All submissions will be juried by the Festival Committee. Selected participants will be notified in April with a request for a fuller written concept of proposed collaborative work.

The festival follows a two-year rotation policy and discourages applications involving participants in last year’s festival. Others are welcome to submit proposals to what is always a diverse and rich celebration of the power of poetry to move hearts and minds. For more information, visit the festival website; check out the Belfast Poetry Festival page on Facebook; follow the fest on Twitter; or send email to jacob@belfastpoetry.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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