An evening of Spoken Word with Bosnian Iftar
Shareefa Energy, Mizan the Poet, and Zeshaan Iqbal
With Remembering Srebrenica Delegates Shehroze Khan, Misba Sheikh & Anne-Marie Sim
Wednesday, 22nd June 2016, 19:30 - 21:30
An evening of captivating spoken word poetry will be taking place at the gallery. As it’s Ramadan, a mouth-watering Iftar with a Bosnian twist awaits at sunset
Shareefa Energy is a spoken word artist, performance poet, writer, workshop facilitator, aspiring actress and playwright. She graduated with a BA International Relations degree and uses storytelling & performing arts to explore and challenge issues in society affecting women & migrant communities affected by colonialism and institutional racism. She received the ‘UK Unsigned Hype Best Spoken Word Artist 2014’ award and released her debut spoken word EP ‘Reasoning with Self’ produced by Meandou in July 2015. Her poetry delves into a journey of self & mental growth and also shares the experiences of witnessing the world through the eyes of an Indian Muslim woman born in England. Her poetry recently featured on Channel 4 for National Poetry Day 2015. Shareefa has performed and facilitated workshops locally & internationally. She is also the founder of the 2014 storytelling spoken word play ‘Wombs Cry.’
Mizan the Poet is a British spoken word poet, activist and community worker. His poetry contains aspects of social, religious & political commentary and is inspired by the 13th century Persian poet Jalal al-Din Rumi. In his poems, he speaks from the victims or the perpetrators point of view, and often his own based on real life hard-hitting experiences. He has performed in events with Lyrically Challenged, Dark Sea Scrolls, Lost 4 Words and was featured on London Hott Radio Café. He has also worked with Director Troy Kamal (Ego Free Music) for the Streethands organisation, a charity for children. Though his YouTube channel has an impressive following, Mizan makes the time to regularly perform at “Hope ‘n’ Mic” nights in London nevertheless.
Zeshaan Iqbal is a musician, spoken word artist and up-&-coming fashion designer. His love of spoken word was discovered when he became a trustee member of charity Poetical Word in 2015 and takes its roots in his passion for song writing. He has spent his life developing his ability in performance art and through it has recognised the power art has in raising awareness & creating change. He intends to use it to tackle the many issues the world is currently facing and is determined to cultivate a culture of love & acceptance for all. His spoken word & music deal with topics that range from introspection and the divine connection to discrimination & injustice. He’s currently working on a project which will unite music, word and statement clothing to share his perspective on vanity and self-destruction.
Remembering Srebrenica Delegates: Shehroze Khan, Misba Sheikh & Anne-Marie Sim will reflect on their visit to Bosnia & Herzegovina with hard-hitting, yet sublime poetry. Critically-acclaimed actor, writer and director Simon Callow CBE, commemorated the 20th anniversary of the genocide by reciting Misba’s poem ‘Tormented Hearts’.
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