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Date(s) - 08/10/2023
12:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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This Sunday Kamitan Arts‘ Princess Emmanuelle a.k.a. EmpresS *1 will be reciting some bi-lingual poetry at 4pm in the Olivier Foyer & screening the 9 min version of our Poetry 4 Grenfell short between 12:30-2:30pm at National Theatre as part of their #NKTakeoverDay alongside #KAyouth ☥ #NorthKensington #Community #Grenfell

Princess Emmanuelle a.k.a. EmpresS *1 (الامبراطورة الاولي), the Founding and Artistic Director of Kamitan Arts (KA), a British Egyptian bilingual rap-poetess, choreographer and creative healing facilitator, known for her international tours and recognition in the early 2000’s as “Egypt’s sole female rapper” (Egypt Today), will be offering a glimpse into the poetic transformative and therapeutic work of Kamitan Arts in the RBKC communities. The driving force behind the ‘Poetry 4 Grenfell’ project, compiler and editor, will be sharing her bi-lingual ‘Word, Sound ‘n Power’ artistry alongside fellow KA Youth, reciting excerpts from the ‘Poetry 4 Grenfell: Voices from da Grove & Latimer’ book.

Kamitan Arts CIC is a small non-profit in North Kensington that has been active in the community since the early 2000s, focusing on creative arts, heritage, and healing projects. They use the performing arts to raise awareness of humanitarian issues and cultural identity, specialising in bilingual ‘Word, Sound ‘n Power’ projects, including inter-generational rap-poetry workshops and productions by and for local artists and community members. One of their most impactful and transformative initiatives in their community emerged as an immediate response to the Grenfell fire, is the ‘Poetry 4 Grenfell’ project. The ‘P4G’ project includes a multi-lingual book which will be available on the day and an award-winning short film that will also be screened. The workshops and the resulting book served as a creative outlet to amplify the voices of traumatised inter-generational local residents, the bereaved, and activists, both from Ladbroke Grove and Latimer, as well as wider empathetic communities, preserving their memories through written and oral testimonies as a lasting living legacy forevermore 🙏💚🙏🏼

*The Poetry 4 Grenfell book is also available at the Southbank’s National Poetry Library

Sunday 8 October,
12:30 – 6 PM,
National Theatre, South Bank