Greeting SIONpoetry subscribers (a.k.a. Mom...),
So last night (7 October 2104) it finally happened! We had our first German/American (Deutsch/Amerikanisch) Poetry Night! With the invitation of the Kultur Kollektiv and co-sponsored by the Kultur-ohne-Kommerz and the Raumpiraten, the Freiraum 1.0 ("Freespace 1.0") took place! So the premise of Freiraum 1.0 was this... a local business called "540" (a skate shop) moved locations (it actually moved really close to my apartment ;-) ) so their old location was vacant. I don't know too much of the background but basically the local culture clubs pooled together and hosted arts events in 540's old commercial space for a whole MONTH! They decorated the place with carpets, cool lamps, lighting fixtures, random projectors play animation, setup a bar and a PA system... it was rad! See the picture below!
In the interest of privacy, I won't use people's names that I have not gotten a verbal confirmation that they want me to disclose it on this lovely SIONpoetry blog... BUT... for the Deutsch/Amerikanisch poetry night we had 4 German and 4 American poets with Markus and I being the German and American hosts respectively. For the American poets, we had some of SOUL SOPHISTICATION's standard pool of talent consisting of Iri J. Nelson, Renard Yearby, Lawrence and I. For the German poets, we had Felix, Jonas, Michael and Markus (Markus and Felix being the organizers of the Kaiserslautern Poetry Slam held at the Benderhof in KL). Additionally, we had a special guest James Alston from SOUL SOPHISTICATION who is a beast of a singer... He doesn't need a mic and needless to say he brought the house down!
The crowd was likely 2/3 German and 1/3 American but it as really great to get everyone under one roof, off the (damn) base and have everyone brought together to perform and listen. What was kind of fun was Markus and I went over our announcements that way I wouldn't be lost when he was speaking German and we could kind of volley back and forth. Markus introduced all the of Americans in German and I introduced all the Germans in English... It was a cool back and forth. I think the German audience likely got more from the event since we American folk are not too strong in German and the English ability in KL is pretty strong but... either way... we were really happy to bring these two art communities together!
We also made an announcement about bringing some German guests on the base for SOUL SOPHISTICATION. We took down numerous e-mails from folks that expressed interest in coming to SOUL and hopefully we can organize it for the November and December SOUL events. We'll see what happens.....
All in all... a really rad night!