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Highlights of the latest August Rush Newsletter

There’s so much goodness in the April 23rd edition of the dynamic duo (August Rush)’s newsletter, I just had to share some of it.

…Expressions: Poetry In The Pub continues Tuesday 24th April at our Heavenly Java 2 Go home at the boardwalk at the Redcliffe Quay. The night get’s going at 8pm. To sign-up in advance to perform, email us at augustrush.antigua@gmail.com or call 783-4120 or 779-6634.

…It’s that time of the year again, when Women of Antigua (WOA) has everyone moaning. This year the organisation celebrates their 5th year of existence with a bang as they will be staging two different productions; The Vagina Monologues on Saturday 26th May and When A Woman Moans on Saturday 27th May. Both productions will begin at 8:05 pm. Tickets are $40 per night, and $70 for both nights ($10 discount). Stay tuned for the early bird special when you can pay $60 for both nights…After this year’s performance, WOA will be taking a hiatus from the shows in order to focus and produce other activities in an effort to empower people and end violence in Antigua and Barbuda, one of which will be the One Billion Rising campaign…on 14th February, 2013… ‘Like’ The WOA page ‘When A Woman Moans 2011’, and stay tuned into all the organisation’s activities including Campaign Moan, which is designed to raise awareness and also promote the show. WOA is asking the public to answer a simple question: “Why do women moan?”.  Answers are to be written on a manila or sheet of paper, held up in front of the individual and a photograph taken and emailed to campaignmoan.anu@gmail.com. Photos will be posted on the When A Woman Moans Facebook page, where the public can vote for their favourite answer. The winner will receive tickets to this year’s productions…Another promotion this year, is the production of WOA TV, which grants the public a behind-the-scenes pass to rehearsals and cast members. Videos can be seen on the Facebook group page as well. For further information or to get involved you can visit the Facebook page ; email woa.vday@gmail.com or call 779-6634, 723-6934, 772-7913 or 780-7754.

…The Just Write Retreat is the first of its kind in Antigua and Barbuda – a weekend for established and new writers looking for space to write, get ideas and insights into their craft. An island as small as ours means that fund raising is limited to the same corporations that fund cultural, sporting and educational events – this money will assist 12 writers and three tutors as allow for two of the tutors to share the experience with inmates in the island’s, small, yet over crowded prison. As much as most of the sessions will be voluntary – it is not sustainable as writing time costs money. A donation of U$25 will buy writing equipment such as journals; US$50 will pay for a day of the three day writers retreat. A donation of US$100 will cover two days at the retreat. Your money will help make writing accessible, it will help to build a sustainable writing project that is annual. Donate today by clicking here.

 

They also included a little big up re my launch but I clipped it. You can see launch coverage here, and purchase the book here. And you know you have my sincerest thanks; right?

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Expressions Returns

Just passing on this note posted by Floree Williams to the Expressions page on Facebook.

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!!!! Expressions Season 3 will reconvene on Tuesday 10th January from 8pm. It’s been a month since we’ve seen you guys and we are excited to hear what you have to say. ‘Poetry in the Pub’ promises to continue to be a unique environment that encourages the freedom of creativity. Poets, writers, singers, musicians and dancers are all welcome to perform. Gleanroy Aaron’s art pieces will be featured once again, and those of you that have prepared poems for the challenge piece we chose, will be given an opportunity to share with everyone. A gift certificate from Heavenly Java 2 Go will be up for grabs for the winner.

We would like to take this time to thank every one of you for your ‘word-of-mouth’ advertising on our behalf. You have contributed to our success and the increase in attendance with each bi-monthly Tuesday. Continue to tell a friend or two.

As we stated, in our previous email to you, this year we will be launching some new initiatives that will assist in promoting the work of Expression performers and aid in reaching a wider audience both here and outside of Antigua. We will be announcing some of these ventures in the coming weeks, so stay tuned in.

Once again THANK YOU for your support and encouragement thus far. We welcome your thoughts and ideas on how we can improve Expressions. If you would like to contact us, or sign-up in advance of next Tuesday, email us at augustrush.antigua@gmail.com or call us at 780-7754 or 779-6634.

CHEERS TO 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Expressions Open Mic

August Rush Productions is inviting all poets, spoken word artistes, singers, musicians and dancers to take the stage on Tuesday 22nd February at the Heavenly Java in celebration of Black History Month. Themed ‘Black Magic’, this special installment of Expressions; ‘Poetry In The Pub’ is open to all performers from age 18 and above.

Artists interested in taking the stage are asked to register by Friday 18th February, by calling 780-7754 or 779-6634, or emailing augustrush.antigua@gmail.com for more information. ALL participants will be asked to perform their pieces from memory.

The evening’s event will begin promptly at 8 pm, and there is no entrance fee. Everyone is encouraged to come and be entertained and enlightened by the power of the performing arts as we pay tribute to the struggle and triumph of our black heritage.

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Young Poets Society Started

August Rush Productions has announced the launch of the Young Poets’ Society of Antigua & Barbuda (YoPoSAB). According to  a release, the aim is to use poetry as a means of self-expression, “to help free the restless soul of our youth, while affording them the opportunity to define themselves through the individual creativity of their own words.”

The poetry sessions will coincide with the school term, and will break during school vacation. Each month will consist of three Saturday sessions; a time will be announced at a later date. Sessions will be held at The Best of Books branch on Friars Hill Road. Sessions will be divided as follows; Writing Techniques, Public Speaking and Expression, and Finding Your Inner Creative Voice.

YoPoSAB will be directed by Linisa George, with assistance from Zahra Airall. Some of the confirmed guest speakers and facilitators are Marcella Andre, Floree Williams, Brenda Lee Browne, and Joanne Hillhouse. “All activities will challenge the minds of the YoPoSAB members,” it was said, “with the hope that the society will be able to create an environment that will ensure that the love and development of the literary arts continues into our country’s future.”

For more visit http://caribarena.com/antigua/antigua-entertainment/poetry/young-poets-society-started-2010090810178.html

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