ARTIVAL TALKS: WRITING PROCESS AND PRACTICE
Time: 24.8.2023, 17.00 – 18.30
Address: Nordic Culture Point library, Kaisaniemenkatu 9 / online
As part of ARTIVAL RE:CONNECT, a Nordic multilingual cultural festival spearheaded by IMMART, Red Door Gallery is pleased to invite you to “Writing Process and Practice”, an ARTIVAL Talk on multilingual, multicultural, multimedia writing, by poets, storytellers and playwrights, characters intertwining their stories and writing experiences with the cultural landscape of the Nordic communities they’re a part of.
Some of the subjects discussed will include overcoming language barriers and navigating multilingualism in writing, transitioning from the paper to the stage, and working in multimedia formats to engage the audience and feed back the important conversations relevant to our time.
Yemmi Butterman is a Nigerian poet and narrative fiction author, who finds solace in all forms of creative symphonies. Yemi is the author of Two Geniuses and a Fool and Pride of the Middle One. In his recent poetry titled Symphony Village, he delves into the intrinsic motivation to confront the fears of uncertainty, drawing inspiration from the interplay between his Yoruba roots, the English Language, and the contextual Nordic region.
Vladislav Nenchev originates from Bulgaria where he worked for two decades in academia and the IT sector. Since he moved to Finland in 2017, he has shifted increasingly from abstract scientific research to the concrete study of human nature and interactions. This shift has resulted in a multitude of short literary works – play manuscripts, stories, poems, and spoken word monologues – several of which have seen the light of stage among Helsinki’s amateur theater companies. Vladislav is a member of two creative collectives: Helsinki Writers’ Group and The Finn-Brit Players. He has also contributed to select issues of “Marvin – The Lehti” a fiction newspaper published by the Helsinki University Science Fiction Club.
Elizabeth Torres is a Colombian-American poet, multimedia artist, literary translator and cultural organizer. Editor in chief of the arts & culture quarterly publication Red Door Magazine, director of Red Door Gallery, host of the Red Transmissions podcast, founder of the Poetic Phonotheque. Elizabeth creates under the moniquer Madam Neverstop, and is a frequent collaborator in festivals and cultural projects in the Nordic region, the US and Latin America.
ABOUT ARTIVAL TALKS
ARTIVAL Talks are organised by IMMART, Nordic Culture Point and Globe Art Point as a part of ARTIVAL RE:CONNECT – a Nordic multilingual cultural festival taking place across the Nordic region in 2023. The festival brings a widely diverse array of actors together in a sustainable manner to co-create and reflect on issues of inclusion and belonging with exhibitions, performances, talks, workshops, recitals, and more, at a time when many of us around the globe are striving to reconnect, to ourselves, our families, and our communities in one way or another.
The Talks are a collection of live-streamed and virtual discussions, debates and conversations on the themes of ARTIVAL which places artists, the artistic process and advocacy at the center. The main aim of ARTIVAL Talks, which began in May 2023, is to facilitate gaining a clearer understanding of different processes, perspectives and viewpoints that exist in Nordic artscapes, by bringing artists, cultural workers, activists, human rights experts, public officials and civil society together to exchange ideas and share experiences of their successes (and failures), good (and bad) practices, and the opportunities (and challenges) present in the broad landscape of the Nordic arts and cultural sector.
Read about ARTIVAL at www.immart.dk/artival2023.
PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE TALKS
27 May – A Call to Reconnect, Copenhagen DK
24 August – Writing Process and Practice, Helsinki, FI
1 September – Conducting Political Advocacy, Helsinki, FI
28 September – Curating Across Cultures, online
12 October – Social Sustainability, online
26 October – Art, Mobility and Migration, Helsinki, FI
All talks will be livestreamed and available for viewing after the event.
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