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January 18, 2017


 Dub poet Yasus Afari in performance at a previous staging of Poetry in Motion.Delahayes Photos–

THE 14th staging of spoken word festival, Poetry in Motion (PiM) is scheduled for Manchester Golf Club on Brumalia Road, Mandeville, on Sunday, February 26.

Showtime is slated for a 6:00 pm start.

According to organizer Yasus Afari, part proceeds of the event will be going to a number of Manchester-based educational institutions and charitable organisations.

“From the inception, PiM has demonstrated social responsibility, entrepreneurship, ‘com-unity’, nation building and artistic integrity. Hence, we use the arts as a medium for social intervention, renewal and transformation. We also support worthy charities,” Yasus Afari told the Jamaica Observer. The organizations to benefit include Church Teachers’ College, Porus Primary School, Friends in Need Charity Organisation and Thrift Shop, and the Gilbert and Georgia Allen Educational Trust.

Yasus Afari

Yasus Afari

Started in 2004, this year’s staging of Poetry in Motion will feature a diverse range of national and international performers combining music, dance, comedy, storytelling, fashion and poetry. The acts include poet John Akpata from Toronto Canada and American poet Ruth Nadolny. The Jamaican contingent includes Dr Herbert Thompson, Steppa, Myrna Hague, Marjorie Whylie, Dufton Shepherd, Annmarie Wilmot, Osheen Wright, Delacia Wiggan, Shamoya Samuel and promoter Yasus Afari.

“After 14 years, the people of central Jamaica, Mandeville in particular, really demonstrate that they have sustained appetite for clean, intelligent fun, support for social responsibility, and we are grateful for their support. We want to honour their support with continued and enhanced high-quality performance, which befits the dignity if our great nation and people,” Yasus Afari added.

— By Basil Walters




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