Inua Ellams and Saul Williams bring their own distinct styles to this not-to-be-missed A Toast to the People filmed event.
Watch Inua Ellams and Saul Williams' electric night of performance poetry and spoken word, filmed at the International Festival’s Old College Quad venue. Expect an performance full of unexpected moments with plenty of audience engagement.
London-based Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist and designer. His published books of poetry include Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales and The Half-God of Rainfall, and his first play The 14th Tale was awarded an Edinburgh Fringe First Award. For his International Festival appearance he performed his specially commissioned work, in which the audience chooses his set by searching for words through his collected works.
Ellams performed along with Saul Williams, a poetry titan who has performed in over 30 countries, with invitations spanning from The Louvre to the Lincoln Center and Sydney Opera House. New York-based Williams has recorded with the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Allen Ginsburg and more recently released his latest music works, Encrypted & Vulnerable.
A Toast to the People brought together two spoken word artists, each performing their own set of performance poetry that includes a specially commissioned piece inspired by Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson’s ‘A Toast to the People’. Following their sets, the two artists took part in an exclusive discussion about their work and the pervading issues and themes of today.
This digital performance is available to watch online until 27 November 2021 at 11pm. Please book a free ticket to watch this performance at home.
Unfortunately, it has not been possible to provide BSL interpretation for this event. You can find a BSL interpreted version of Inua Ellams' 'A Toast to the People' commission on our YouTube channel.
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