Rise Up Youth

Rise Up Youth is an interactive slam poetry project with the British-Jamaican poetess and performer Sukina Douglas (Poetic Pilgrimage).  This is in line with Rise Up of which the first edition took place in March 2017. The project takes the anniversary of the Brussels attacks to put a wide range of experiences into words, to share and to heal. After the ‘knockdown’ and the ‘lockdown’ that Brussels faced, Rise Up is driven by the resilience of its inhabitants. It is also an occasion to reflect together on the shifts in society and to help turn them in a certain direction.

For this second edition, there isn't just a new Rise Up with people from Brussels of different generations and backgrounds in the spring of 2018, but also Rise Up Youth. Sukina is bringing together young people from KA Etterbeek and youth club Chicago to focus on sensitive issues relating to diversity, social justice, taboos and stereotypes. And this during seven monts. The result (performance, installation, photography, video) is on display during a dynamic festival that runs from 9 till 13 May 2018 in BOZAR. 

Behind the scenes? Follow the project on Instagram

Sukina Douglas?
Sukina Douglas, together with Muneera Rashida, is part of the British spoken word and hip hop duo Poetic Pilgrimage. She tours worldwide and has led poetry workshops in countries including the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, Sweden, Morocco and Belgium. Her goal is to inspire people through the power of words. She makes regular guest appearances in foreign media and in 2015 the international television network Al Jazeera made the controversial documentary Hip Hop Hijabis about her and Poetic Pilgrimage.

Rise Up Youth is a slam poetry project by KVS in partnership with BOZAR for Next Generation, Please!, Slameke, Kuumba, KA Etterbeek and JH Chicago.


Images: © Nina Daelemans