The Poetry 4 Grenfell project manifested as an immediate response to help artistically deal with the emotional aftermath of the terrifying Grenfell fire of June’17 in our North Kensington community. Led by a Grove raised professional Music and Dance-Theatre female artist and Arts facilitator, it combines Rap-poetry, Dance and Film in workshops and performances, all with the aim of alleviating the pain and giving a platform to the suppressed voices in our RBKC community since this horrendous Grenfell fire. all with the aim of alleviating the pain and giving a platform to the suppressed voices in our RBKC community since this horrendous Grenfell fire.
The initial voluntary community poetry workshops is what inspired the Poetry 4 Grenfell bi-lingual book call-out a year ago, which then inspired Kamitan Arts to document some of the local oral testimonies from our diverse community, with a young person filming it; this resulted in a Golden Heart Trellick Award-winning guerrilla short ‘Poetry 4 Grenfell’ (Best Art Film at Portobello Film Festival 2017). We had no funding for equipment, mostly all involved in creating our short were children, young people and elders from our Ladbroke Grove and Latimer Rd. community and those that have been affected by the tragic Grenfell fire. Imagine what we can achieve if we are to be funded to publish our ‘Poetry 4 Grenfell’ book, with voices from the heart of our very own community leading it?
This project deserves as much exposure and support as possible, in order for our young and old voices to reach a wider international level. We’d like to have our book ready leading up to our “One Year On Grenfell” show at the Bush Theatre. Will you join us in manifesting this vision?
You can pledge as little as £1 or as much as you like, bare in mind If we do not raise our target sum in time we do not receive any of the money at all. Any amount you can donate will be gratefully appreciated to get this bi-lingual Grenfell book out for FREE to the survivors and their families and in order to fundraise for more projects like these in the community post-Grenfell. We have 6 weeks to raise just under £6K’s. It will just take a few mins literally! Thanking you for your generosity in advance.
Keep up to date with Kamitan Arts and the workshops they are running by visiting http://www.kamitanarts.com/
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