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1 June

Poetry Slam will be the part of the Platonov Festival

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Poetry slam – the Battle will be held in the framework of Platonov Festival Book Fair, organized by the Festival Directorate in cooperation with the Book club «Petrovsky» on June 8, 2012 in Voronezh.

Cultural leisure with poetry reading at clubs and cafes is a forgotten traditional Russian amusement. Slam was newly opened by Slava Kuritsyn in Holland and Germany, where he watched the poets rose from their tables and read the poems at cafes, trying to impress the audience with witticism and topical interest of poetic expression as well as the expression of the performer. And the emotionally liberated audience chose the best of the authors, the winner of the evening. In Russia slam is a platform where young poet gets three minutes to speak to a large audience, and this is often the first opportunity to present his work to the public.

Voronezh poets who are ready for an elegant duel such as poetic confrontation with colleagues in front of the attentive audience will attend the poetry slam at the Platonov festival. Each participant will be given three minutes, and the excess of this time will result in a fine (deduction of points from the viewer estimates). Seven sets of voting cards (1-5 points) will be distributed to the audience and the audience will appraise each performance based on two criteria – text quality and performance craftsmanship. The authors, who will take first four places, will reach the final where they will be given three minutes for a poetic performance once again. Voting cards will be passed to other viewers.

As a result of two rounds the winner will be awarded a cash prize and an invitation to the third All-Russian poetry slam in Perm. 

The slam will start at 19:00 in the club «100 Ruchyev» («Hundertwasser»). The famous Russian poet Andrey Rodionov, which entered the short-list of Andrei Bely Prize in 2005, became the winner of the Russian Slam tournament and the winner of the Youth Triumph Award is the presenter of slam. If you would like to participate in the slam, send your request and three poems at book@platonovfest.com.