When: Friday 24th February, 19:30-23:00
Where: The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH
Tickets: £5 on the door
Funkenteleky bills itself as “Birmingham’s first improvised music and poetry collaboration night”. This month, for one unique night, poets and a musicians from across the universe will gather at The Edge to explore each other’s answers.
Kicking off with a short poetry open mic (five minute slots on a first-come-first-served basis), the following artists will then give performances:
- The Ben Lee Quintet
The Ben Lee Quintet plays eclectic music drawing on wide ranging influences from rock and funk through to experimental music and more.
- Jasmine Gardosi
Jasmine is a poet who richly deserves the national acclaim she is receiving. Already a legend on the Birmingham poetry scene, she is the reigning Cheltenham Poetry Festival slam champion and has performed at events in Bristol and Exeter, as well as on BBC Radio 3.
- Ben Jackson
Ben is a Sheffield-based poet, actor and purveyor of rare raggatek. He has performed nationwide at UniSlam, as well as various incendiary and questionable situations. He is the writer of the long-awaited Plight of Arnold, a novel of unknown length and content that he hopes to be banned in the US.
- Aliyah Hasinah
Aliyah is a poet who combines rhythmical language with cutting social commentary, to tell stories that are both unheard and worth hearing. The creator of Herstory LIVE, a cross-genre event that celebrates the cultural diversity of Birmingham, she recently wowed audiences as a solo performer at Howl.
- ‘Crazy Old’ Sean Colletti
Sean has taken the Birmingham poetry scene by storm since returning from his native California to study a writing PhD at the University of Birmingham. His headline sets at Howl and Hit the Ode have left audiences in tears that are both happy and sad – a testament to the humorous and heart-rending narratives which Sean so eloquently crafts.