A ‘Breeze of words’ to remember

15 October 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Adolf Kaure

A poetry and spoken word event dubbed Breeze of words was held at the Strand Hotel in Swakopmund recently. Here a number of poets entertained guests in the hotel’s beer garden with well thought out works of literature.

“It was an amazing event with a diverse crowd; it was simply warm and heartfelt,” said organizer and the Strand Hotel’s guest relations agent, Michelle Godenschweig.

“During the open mic slot, some poets performed without ever thinking they could do it. To me that means they were settled and the atmosphere made them feel comfortable enough to get up and stand in front of an audience,” she said.

“I must say, we have some amazing poets and musical artists at the coast who are so grateful for this new platform and a chance at exposure. The crowd thinks it is the best thing that can happen to Swakopmund. Also, it attracts the middle-aged community that we struggle to entertain here,” Godenschweig said.

She plans to host the event on a monthly basis, with the next one slated for 24 November.

Master of ceremony, Lizette Feris, who is the founder of MiLLi (Media and Information Literacy Learning Initiative), is currently writing a report about exciting new ideas and suggestions on how to make this an even bigger event in terms of community growth.

“Poetry is so important because it helps us understand and appreciate the world around us. Its strength lies in its ability to shed a light on the world. Poetry teaches us how to live and it lays bare the vulnerabilities of human beings so we can all relate to each other a little better.

“Poetry, if we let it and embrace it, can offer us a way to empathize with one another. In its immediacy, poetry is a counsellor helping us understand one another, leading us away from hate to love, from violence to mercy and pity,” Feris said.

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