Coastal Poetry is back!

Calling on all artists

03 June 2021 | Art and Entertainment

Carene Smith; Organiser; “Don’t limit your talent to an Instagram page or to yourself...”

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The first Coastal Poetry event for the year is set to take place on Saturday (5 June) at the Rendezvous in Walvis Bay at 18:00.

Carene Smith, one of the founders of Coastal Poetry, says that the event is an art platform for artists based in the Erongo region.

“We are a small group that started Coastal Poetry, which is an arts program. We do not necessarily want to bind it down to poetry, but it is a platform for anyone to just be their artistic self.”

Although poetry is the heart of the movement, it’s open to all and any artists.

“Coastal Poetry was established in 2019. We love poetry, but realized there isn’t exactly a platform at the coast for us to do sessions regularly. We hoped for that to happen and decided to do something about it. And so Coastal Poetry was established. We used to gather on a monthly basis but then Covid-19 came and we decided to halt the event.”

Carene says the group is very excited to get back into doing what they love and to have some great artists on stage.

According to her, some mind-blowing talent will take to the stage this Saturday.

“Aside from the poets, there will be various artists performing and presenting art pieces. You’ll meet amazing people, as there is always fellowship and engagement afterwards.”

The movement is on a mission to reach all corners of the region with open mic nights having been hosted in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund in the past.

Anyone who wishes to participate can contact the organisers via the Coastal Poetry Facebook and Instagram pages.

The participation fee is N$40 and artists can perform as many pieces as they’d like, while spectators are charged N$30.

In terms of Covid-19, the organisers will strictly comply with the regulations as set by government.

“Walvis Bay is not just a box you are stuck in; it is merely your stepping stone to what is next. I want to encourage anyone to come and join us, because there is a place for you and there are people who want to get to know you. Don’t limit your talents to an Instagram page or to yourself. Know that what you do is important and that you are worthy of being heard,” Smith concludes.

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