A night for all 16 High School Teams to perform introductory poems showcasing their talent and style.
Plus a feature performance by Canadian Spoken Word Champion, Chris Tse.
6PM-8PM / VPL Central Branch / Alice MacKay Room / Free
We fully acknowledge that all Hullabaloo and Verses Festival of Words events this year and in past years take place on the unceded, ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
Christopher Tse is an artist, educator, and settler currently living on Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSANEC territory in what is otherwise known as Victoria, BC. He placed second at both the 2011 Poetry Slam World Cup and 2016 Rio International Poetry Slam, and is a former Canadian national slam champion. Tse has shared the stage with Martin Luther King III, Shane Koyczan, and Demi Lovato, and his work has appeared on CBC, CTV, and on radio stations from Ghana to Australia. A brown boy with 6th generation immigrant roots on Turtle Island, Tse is currently finishing his master’s in Critical Social Work with a focus on how arts-based activism aligns with youth organizing and decolonization. He writes on identity, intimacy, immigration, and basketball.
The VPL Central Branch has elevators to reach the downstairs rooms where the Hullabaloo events are being held. There are wheelchair accessible bathrooms. For more details, refer to their list of facilities (http://www.vpl.ca/location/
This event is a scent-reduced space. To assist us in our goal of increased access, please be aware of our attempt to reduce the impact of personal scented products (perfumes, scented oils, etc) in our festival spaces.