On Thursday 10th September, we filled our East London venue for the first ever Start Words Not War, a thought provoking evening of spoken word, poetry, rap and folk organised by our team of young Ambassadors. We invited performers to come and share their work and contribute to a night themed around getting people to think about nukes, war and the arms trade.
In total 9 performers graced the stage at VFD in Dalston with DJ’s from the Resis’Dance collective rounding off the night. Among the performers were first timers like Dan Watson and Sam Fuentes who shared their political spoken word as well as more experienced poets such as Aaron Grant-Booker, Rob Howe and Owain Lloyd-Williams. We also had some folk and acoustic protest music from Faith Taylor and Frank Bryant which provided a different sound for the audience.
Part of the success of the night was the diversity of performers and we also were pleased to welcome Sosa and Vengeance, rappers from South Kilburn and Greenwich respectively, who both had a conscious edge to their lyrics.
The night was wrapped up by Shareefa Energy, a spoken word artist and performance poet who has been performing for about 2 years now and who will hopefully keep going for many more.
We’d like to thank everyone who made it happen and everyone who came down to enjoy the show. All that’s left to say is keep your eyes peeled for the next instalment of Start Words Not Wars.