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Rap, spoken word, slam and poetry

Selection of prominent performances from the different editions of literature festival Kosmopolis.

Lou Reed and Laurie Anderso

Poetry Reading "Made in Catalunya"

On October 24, 2008, performance artist Laurie Anderson (in Berkeley, California) joined musician/poet Lou Reed (in Barcelona) via the internet to perform the works of Catalan poets Brossa, Espriu, Carner and Vinyoli. A 45 minute live performance, in English, as experienced last year at the ...

Kosmopolis 11. Out Spoken

Spoken Word with Francesca Beard

Francesca Beard has been described as ‘spine-tingling’ (The Independent) and ‘The Queen of British Performance Poetry (Metro). She has toured nationally and internationally and has been poet in residence at a number of institutions. Francesca brings her work into ...

Kosmopolis 15. Vinicio Capossela’s Greek Ledger

Vinicio Capossela. Accompanied by Dimitris Mistakidis and Valeria Bergalli

“Crisis: a concept related to rebetika, a form of music that is born of separation, and related to Greece itself, from which Europe is becoming separated”, writes Vinicio Capossela in the opening pages of Tefteri. El libro de las cuentas pendientes (Minúscula, 2014), ...

Kosmopolis 06. Slam Poetry

Poetry Slam competition and performance by Saul Williams

Slam poetry began in the mid-nineties and is a form of poetic expression which takes place within the context of a competition, the slam. The markedly social content of the poetry and the fact that texts are created to be recited distinguish slam poetry from traditional poetry. K06 takes a ...

Kosmopolis 08. Everyone Gets Lighter

Performance by John Giorno

John Giorno, one of the most important contemporary American poets, is also a key figure in Spoken Word and performance poetry in New York. In his performance “Everyone Gets Lighter”, John Giorno uses neologisms taken from real life to transform a personal relationship with Andy ...

FestFoix: 25 years with/without J. V. Foix

Poetry reading

Present-day poets and musicians put a voice to J. V. Foix to mark the 25th anniversary of his death. This event combines young upcoming voices with others that are established to celebrate the work and the influence of one of the foremost writers of 20th-century Catalan literature.

Kosmopolis 11. Out Spoken

Spoken Word with Laura Dockrill

Not only author and illustrator of Mistakes In The Background, Ugly Shy Girl and Echoes, Laura also resurrects her words on the stage performing poetry spanning festivals to bookshops; including London Literary Festival, Big Chill, E4 Udderbelly, Latitude and Domino festival in Brussels. Named one of the top ten literary talents by The Times.