North South East West: LINGO, WE HAVE IGNITION! Opening Night Celebration from 7 - 8.10pm
Followed by LINGO Poetry Slam 2016, with MC Little John Nee. 8.30 -11pm
Doors open 6.30pm
Join us for the cracking opener for Lingo Festival 2016 with NORTH SOUTH EAST WEST. We are flinging up poets from all corners of the island and beyond. Carbo-load and hydrate in advance to prepare yourself for some of the finest words from the north, south, east and west, including Lingo’s Poet Laureate Sarah Clancy, winner of the Irish People’s Poetry Prize 2015, Colin Hassard, two-time Ulster Poetry Slam Champion from County Down, Karl Parkinson, Dublin native, poet, and novelist, author of a novel called The Blocks in 2016, and Felicia Olusanya, champion interversity slam poet (NUIM).
Finally we have Aindrias de Staic from the West, offering an a rare mix of spoken word poetry with virtuoso violin with an extract from his award-winning show “The Man from Moogaga.” Be prepared to have your faces melted as we kick off this year’s spoken word festivities.
Lingo's annual poetry slam is the real star of our festival. Top poets from Ireland and beyond compete with their best performances to win our 2000 year-old bogwood trophy and a slot opening for Sage Francis, our headliner. Certain to be high-energy, raucous, and inspiring, the slam will be hosted by the Little John Mee, a hilarious specimen of man guaranteed to keep the spirits high and the show blazing along. Last year this riotously entertaining show was described by critics as a “Roller-coaster ride of face-melting awesomeness”. You don’t want to miss it this year!
Featured Artists: Kevin Gilday, Elizabeth McGowan, Orla Ni Dhuil, Ozgecan, Clara Rose Thornton, Mel Bradley, Raven, David Braziel, Brian McMahon Gallagher, Jason Ashford, Mel White, Ciaran Hodgers, Rose Condo (winner of Axis Slam, UK) plus 3 to be chosen from the hat on the night!