Belgium: Brussels is going to host the first-ever inclusive World Championship Poetry Slam, during which the 40 best poets from the world is going to host the first-ever inclusive World Championship Poetry Slam, during which the 40 best poets from the world title from 26 to September 29.
The World Poetry Slam Organisation (WPSO), a network that brings together slammers from all over the world, created the World Poetry Slam Championship.
They have been investigating behind the scenes for two years on the preparations and made a joint charter as a starting point in which inclusion, free speech, decolonisation and LGBTQ+ rights are essential values.
The slam poet of Belgium, Philip Meersman, joined forces with co-initiators Creatief Schrijven, Willemsfonds Brussel and the creative agency Hura to create a tournament that will see slam poets from about 37 nations all over the world, from Mexico and Chad to Madagascar and Australia, compete.
Marie Darah, 32, who is representing Belgium, is also present. She will strive to metaphorically knock out her opponents with her words.
We employ the rules of poetry, but we don’t obey them, she said in the statement.
“You may tell your own unique tale thanks to that creative freedom. Observing other poets at work is so fascinating and exciting because of this.”
In addition, the semi-finals will take place on September 27 and 28, as well as the grand final, will follow on September 29. The event will be presented in a different language as well as all texts will be projected in Dutch, French, English and Spanish.
The World Poetry Slam Championship also offers showcases, workshops, and other week activities at various Brussels locations.