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Baby Ras Poetry presents “Lyrically Fit” 22 March ’14

March 16, 2014

 A Slam is more than just a competition; it’s a global, social, literary movement.

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Date: Saturday 22nd March, 2014
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Admission: EC $5.00
Venue: Marryshow House Theatre Hall, H.A. Blaize Street, St. George’s
(Proceeds go to the St. Andrews Special Education School)

Lyrically Fit was born out of and inspired by Donella “Baby Ras” Hosten, who at the time was an Undergraduate student of the St. George’s University.  The first hosting of the Lyrically Fit Poetry Slam was at the University in 2010 and Mr. Josiah Bayne captured the title. In 2012 yet another Lyrically Fit event was hosted, this one was a poetry Show where poets came out and showcased their talents.  Proceeds for each of the Lyrically Fit events were donated to different charities across the island.

Two years later, Baby Ras has decided to take Lyrically Fit to the Secondary Schools, giving students an opportunity to enter into the world of Spoken Word.

Lyrically Fit is the first of its kind that provides those competing with the chance to develop their poetry and performance skills through a series of workshops.

It is also an opportunity for audience members to experience poetry like they may not have had before. It’s not a stuffy professor of elocution reading from a dusty volume, Spoken Word is fresh, dynamic and often unexpected for first time poetry goers and an exciting must-see addition to the calendar for those who have been before.

Lyrically Fit sees ten emerging poets from different schools across the nation bring their words to life, influenced by their diverse backgrounds and upbringings as they compete for the title “Lyrically Fit”.  These students will be representing their schools as they compete on this lyrical battlefield.

The one-off performance consists of four knockout rounds leading to an overall winner. The poets must use only their words and voice without music or props. Each poet must perform his or her original piece.  The rounds are all timed and poets will lose points if they go over the allocated time.

The overall winner of the Lyrically Fit Poetry Slam, as part of the first place prize, will get the opportunity to perform at the 3rd annul poetry event dubbed “Voices”, where other poets and artistes exhibit their talents. The top three poets will receive outstanding performance certificates as well as prizes from main sponsors.  All competitors will receive certificates of participation as well as small tokens from our sponsors.

Lisa Allen-Agostini, recipient of the Dame Hilda Bynoe Writer-In-Residence award, will grace the audience with her poetic presence as she makes a guest appearance. The Trinidadian writer is based at the St. George’s University and will be hosting a number of free workshops for writers here in Grenada.

Special thanks to the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of St. George’s University, The Grenada Ministry of Education, and to all our sponsors.

Proceeds from this Slam will be given to the School for Special Education in St. Andrews.  We look forward to your support.

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The Baby Ras logo by Joshua Hunte
The Lyrically Fit logo by Josiah Bayne
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