Qatar National Library (QNL), in collaboration with the German Embassy Doha and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, recently hosted a ‘Poetry Slam’ workshop, followed by a public performance, as part of the Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture.

The workshop took place over three days, and was delivered by German poetry slammers and instructors, Julian Heun and Dominique Macri. To celebrate the conclusion of the event, the participants  performed their newly-constructed poems at the Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Center in Education City to the public.

Dominique Macri, poetry slammer and instructor, said:

The variety of our participants was really impressive. They all came from different nationalities and spoke different languages, which created an energetic and varied atmosphere on stage. It also emphasised the fact that using the same language is not important – I always say if you don’t understand a poem, just feel it.’

Participant Abdullah Tom, a student at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, commented on the experience, saying: ‘I decided to participate in the workshop in order to cultivate my creativity and to find ways in which I could improve my poetry skills. The workshop offered me a great opportunity to find the spark that inspires me to write more.’

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