Friday, June 10, 2011

Our Uganda Friday: Even more poetry but this time, it's huge!

by Darlyne Komukama

We, here at Awava, have been on a sort of poetry binge explaining all the poetry/spoken word blog posts and we are not close to letting up either, especially not when the poets in Kampala have organised an evening of poetry as large as the Lantern Meet of Poets annual recital.

The Lantern Meet of Poets is an organisation of poets that was started by 3 young Ugandan men who felt many of their ilk needed a place to go to express themselves, receive critiques and hopefully hear some good Uganda poetry.

The recital, which is taking place on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th June at 5.30pm at the National Theatre, will be the 4th such recital for the Lantern Meet. I have been fortunate enough to attend 2 previous such events and somehow that word seems inadequate. The recitals are not just person after person reciting their poems but rather a world on the stage that immerses the viewer. Expect props, costumes, music and a plot.

The shows will be the same on both days so if you can't catch Friday's show, don't miss Saturday's. The entrance fee is only UGX10,000 and totally worth it.

See you there and enjoy your weekend.
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