Qatar Germany 2017
Playing with words and rhymes
In March 2017 poetry fans embarked on a journey to explore poetry and poetry slam with the German poetry slammers Julian Heun and Dominique Macri.
Poetry slams have become a way for young people to express themselves, often addressing themes that are relevant for them.
“Oral tradition and performance are both key elements of Qatari heritage. With this workshop, Qatar National Library and the Goethe-Institut supported local talent from Doha’s active poetry scene,” explains Sebastian Wilke, Senior Information Services Librarian of Qatar National Library on the project. He continues, “We were happy to bring together poetry enthusiasts from many different cultures and backgrounds to learn from each other and to develop their performance skills with professional advice by our workshop facilitators.”
Maya Röder, project manager of Qatar Germany 2017, says, “Poetry Slam has been a big thing in Germany since the late 1990s. Poetry slams happen in every major city, and without being organized centrally the scene is vibrant and awards its best poets every year. We were happy that we could bring two renowned poetry slammers who perform successfully all over Germany and have a lot of workshop experience.”
In a three-day workshop German poetry slammers Julian Heun and Dominique Macri coached Doha-based poets and poetry slammers to present their texts to the public. “Experiencing the different voices, the power of words and expression – embracing the differences in language and biographical backgrounds – was a highly impressing process and an unforgettable experience for all participants,” so workshop instructor Dominique Macri on her work in Doha.
And Mariam Al-Dhubhani who participated in the workshop and performance concludes, “The poetry slam workshop led by Dominique and Julian was one of the highlights for me this year. It was my very first poetry slam and I loved and enjoyed every part of it. I got to meet new people, write new pieces, and even perform in front of a crowd. I would without a doubt join such performances again and recommend everyone to take part too.”