ZAP! Autonomous Zone of the Word is the first night of “Poetry Slam” (League of poetry) from Brazil.
The first ZAP event in London in collaboration with SLAMbassadors and FARRAGO POETRY!
ZAP happens every second Thursday of the month at the headquarters of the Center of Bartholomew Testimonials-Hip Hop Theatre. (Nucleo Bartolomeu de Depoimentos) in São Paulo, Brazil.
It is a space dedicated to spoken words, now free, space in time where diversity is the guest of honor and the main goal is the celebration of the word.
At each meeting, people from different ages, professions, world views, wishes and beliefs come together to share words, ideas, experiences and viewpoints. Inside loud polyphonic Sao Paulo, a suspension in time-space. Silence.
They all stop to listen, see and feel: POETRY
Admission is free, just come. The evening begins with the screening of films at 19h. Then begins at 20h the “Open Mic” where they can be recited (or read) poetry texts.
At 20.30h starts the game among the poets, the Slam! Anyone can join either the “Open Mic” and the “Slam”. Just come and register on time!
Rules of Slam:
1) A poem (or text) at a time and must be written by the poet (readable)
2) Without accessories, without costumes, without musical accompaniment.
3) The poems must have a maximum of 3 minutes (or less) plus 10 seconds bonus. After this time every 10 seconds exceeded 1 point is deducted.
A jury of five people, randomly selected or chosen at the time the presenter (host / mc) among the public, gives a statement after each poem on a scale from 0.0 to 10.0, and there may be broken grades (eg 7.8 or 9, 6 ….). In addition to the text content, the jury should be aware of how it is presented.
The jurors judge: Form + Content, poetic inspiration + performance.
The highest and lowest marks are dropped. A wizard (in ZAP the “Zapitágoras”) makes the “average” and the notes are marked in a blackboard where everyone can see.
It is Three rounds, so who wants to participate in the slam poetry must have three different poems. All the poets are included in the first round. The Top marks are part of the second and so on until the third and last, where it is voted the “Zapeão”(first place) for the night.
The “Zapeão” for the night takes home a prize of culture: books! Books! Books! besides CDs and DVDs!
Roberta Estrela D’alva, who presents and produces the Brazilian SLAM night, is now in London after Paris world cup, for the ZAP! event night.
SLAMbassadors UK and FARRAGO POETRY are collaborators in the night and lots of incredible SLAM performers will perform.