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23 April 2016  -  23 April 2016

Bards Without Borders at Rich Mix


Richmix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

8pm, £10/£8


Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

Shakespeare has been dead for a while, and  on the anniversary of his death Bards Without Borders are holding an international wake, all be it 400 years late! Imagine a multilingual carnivalesque funeral which blends the traditions of ten different countries and involves a few of the Bards major and minor characters along the way.

The London based collective of poets and musicians from refugee and migrant backgrounds invite you to join us for an evening of new poetry, live music, and revelry rounded off with a DJ set and the chance to toast the original Bard and make sure he is truly spinning (and dancing) in his coffin.  This night will set the record straight on how Shakespeare shines a light on our very own experiences of journey, loss, joy and displacement.

Stirringly good, heartfelt and skilled music for the ears tonight from #Bardswithoutborders (@DebsNewbold)

Just when I needed a reminder that there is so much loveliness in the world (@skanoli)

If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction. (William Shakespeare)

Following workshops led by poet/facilitator Laila Sumpton and theatre director Arne Pohlmeier (Two Gents Productions) and sell out debut performances at Hackney Showrooms, Arcola Theatre and the Poetry Café this Rich Mix performance marks the exact date, 400 years ago, of Shakespeare’s passing.

Presented in association with Platforma Arts & Refugees Network and supported by Arts Council England, Global Shakespeare and Spread The Word.

BWB poets: Freddy Macha, Tolu Agbelusi, Shamim Azad, Alia’ Kuwalit, Belinda Zhawi, Edin Suljic, Lloyd Benjamin, Haroon O Mahdi, Barbara Lopez, Fatima Diriye & Hamdi Khalif.

Musicians, DJ and guest performances tbc.

Bards without Borders from Briony Campbell on Vimeo.