Getting "Woke": Voices of the Youth
DATE / TIME
3 Nov, Sat
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
VENUEFunan Showsuite, Junction of Hill Street and High Street
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FESTIVAL PASS EVENT
This session is in English
Don’t underestimate the millennials. They may have been dismissed as “Generation Me”, but increasing evidence shows they are also resourceful and can be a force to be reckoned with. From student rallies in the US rallying against gun violence to “Instapoets” turning poetry books into bestsellers, they can effect change. Three speakers who have harnessed youths towards positivity will discuss why they work with young people and how the latter can be mobilised for good.
US - Australia
Hailing from Chicago in the US, Miles Merrill is the driving force behind most spoken word programmes and projects in Australia. He has hosted an ABC TV special on poetry slams, wrote and directed a show for Sydney Festival, performed solo at the Sydney Opera House, and created spoken word festivals like Night Words and Story-Fest. Merrill directs the literary arts organisation Word Travels and is the founder of the Australian Poetry Slam.Miles Merrill is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Charlene Shepherdson’s work includes interactive narratives, visual poetry, and the intersection where environment, heritage and education meet. She uses language in written, performative and visual forms to bridge communities and empower voices. She co-founded the Singapore’s oldest interdisciplinary open-mic, destination:INK, hosting the event from 2012 to 2017. Her words have been published in various anthologies, including From Walden to Woodlands and A Luxury We Cannot Afford.
Photo credit: The Arts House
Oniatta Effendi is an educator, a strong advocate of the arts and an active applied drama practitioner, who has worked with residents at halfway houses, juvenile rehabilitative spaces and welfare homes. When not in these spaces, she finds pleasure in sourcing for batik fabrics – she founded Baju by Oniatta, a clothing line dedicated to reinventing the way batik is worn and appreciated.Oniatta Effendi is featured in the following SWF event(s):