EVENTS & NEW COMMISSIONS THIS YEAR
25 October: LONDON LIMING
a special spoken word party at the Tabernacle
London Liming offers an enthusiastic and fun-filled event, where people can mix, drink and dance. It's an unmissable occasion due to the laid-back atmosphere coupled with some of the best voices in spoken word. The lineup of music and spoken word will be announced in late July, watch this space!
What they say about London Liming
‘Tilt's Liming can always be trusted to set the space for spoken word, top notch poets, and DJ's. The people that attend are as interesting to watch as the acts on stage.” London Literature Lounge
"Based on a Trinidadian cultural institution, they mash up Caribbean carnival sensibilities with dance music and poetry readings." an extract by Danuta Kean for 'Culture Clubs'
13 June: TILT PRESENTS at One Day in the City
Tilt presents 3 special Spoken Word events at UCL's literature festival
On 13 June 2014 as part of One Day In The City, the UCL festival of theatrical walks, talks, readings, art exhibits and London-based conversations, TILT presented three events which celebrated the art of the Spoken Word
1pm: LONDON, LITERATURE and HIDDEN VOICES, a Spoken Word lecture by JOHN AGARD who explored his thrill for London and words.
3pm: LONDON LIMING - where spoken word meets carnival - with poet TIM CLARE, patron JOHN AGARD, comedian PRINCE ABDI, poets BRIDGET MINAMORE, SOPHIE ROBINSKI (Roundhouse Poets), novelist and short fiction writer NICK BARLAY, singer and guitarist JAMES INGHAM, host MELANIE ABRAHAMS, and music from DJ: JAMIE RENTON
5pm: Is It Something I Said? A high-octane event exploring scurrilous and taboo language, with WILL SELF, TIM CLARE, MELANIE ABRAHAMS and Chair JOHN SUTHERLAND.
21 MAY: Telling Tales Slam Live at The Albany
Patience Agbabi and guest poets retell Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales
Medieval meets Modern in a sizzling staged slam featuring the talents of talented poets, each of whom will breathe life into one of Agbabi’s irreverent pilgrims, from her new collection, Telling Tales (Canongate, April 2014).
The sizzling line-up included PATIENCE AGBABI, FRANCESCA BEARD, THE SPEECH PAINTER, DZIFA BENSON, MICHAEL BROME, KYRILL POTAPOV, SHANE SOLANKI, STEVE TASANE, PETE BEARDER and guests. Plus neo-medieval musical responses by PSYKHOMANTUS (Jonzi D's Aeroplane Man). Tickets £10 and £8.
12 APRIL 2014
In Memory of Amiri Baraka: 1934 - 2014
The start of 2014 saw the sad passing of AMIRI BARAKA, viewed by many as one of the most influential, controversial and galvanising writers and cultural figures of the twentieth century
As poet, novelist, playwright, music critic, editor, and cultural organiser, Baraka extended the possibilities of modern writing. Following a day-long symposium at the ICA, we assess the scope of his 65 plus years of work, and consider the importance and scope of Baraka’s career across a range of disciplines.
The evening performance will mark the late poet’s life and work with readings by poets and speakers including LINTON KWESI JOHNSON, JEAN 'BINTA' BREEZE, KAYO CHINGONYI, SEAN BONNEY, MICHAEL ZAND, MELANIE ABRAHAMS and YVETTE HEYLIGER.
Starts 7pm Tickets £5 to £10
Event programmed by the University of Kent and Tilt in partnership with the ICA.
12 DEC 2013: TILT's LONDON LIMING curated by JOHN AGARD
Poetry, Music, Fiction, Cocktails & DJs under one roof
In this end of year special, JOHN AGARD, Tilt Patron and recipient of this year’s Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry curates an evening of guests who showcase the best in spoken word. "The mix of stories and music is fantastic…" Vogue
John's hand-picked line up of guests includes LEMN SISSAY, CAROLINE BIRD, ALEXANDER D GREAT and JAMES INGHAM, Roundhouse poets SARAH PERRY and ANTOSH WOJCIK, plus a special performance set by AGARD.
Venue: RICH MIX Tickets: £10/£8 concessions.
Watch a video of John Agard talking about London Liming HERE
19 NOVEMBER 2013: ARCHITECTS OF OUR REPUBLIC
An evening marking 50 Years since the March on Washington
Apples and Snakes and Tilt joined forces to mark 50 years of Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have a Dream speech and The March on Washington, presenting music and spoken word by Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Zena Edwards, Sureshot, and the Architects Young Writers Group.
10 OCT 2013: LONDON LIMING MEETS CHILL PILL
Poetry, fiction, music, cocktails & DJs under one roof
This LONDON LIMING special at RICH MIX offered audiences the chance to tune in and chill out with SIMON MOLE, DEANNA RODGER, RAYMOND ANTROBUS, ADAM KAMMERLING. Plus a special appearance by US poet and rock star JESSICA CARE MOORE, JOHN AGARDand from the ROUNDHOUSE POETS Collective, IZZY BROOKS and CECILIA KNAPP. With Soca, Brazilian and eclectic Party tunes by DJ RUSS JONES. Hosted by MELANIE ABRAHAMS
Venue: RICH MIX Tickets: £10/£8 concs.
17 and 18 AUGUST 2013: PAUL KEENS-DOUGLAS at the TABERNACLE, LONDON
Come and experience the famed storyteller and raconteur
"Paul Keens-Douglas celebrates our rich cultural amalgam and Caribbean landscapes like nobody else does"
International raconteur PAUL KEENS-DOUGLAS, the Trinidadian storyteller, raconteur and public speaker who is also creator of the famous annual Carnival Talk Tent in Trinidad regaled the audience with stories of Tanti Merle at De Oval and other stories. He is a recipient of a Zora Neale Hurston Award and the Humming Bird Silver Medal for Culture. He was a guest artist at London Is The Place For Me festival which was part of a summer 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Village ipresented by the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission.
This was a featured event as part of a new renaissance one and Tilt residency at Carnival Village.
13 JUNE 2013: TILT PRESENTS LONDON LIMING AT RICH MIX
SOWETO KINCH, PATIENCE AGBABI, MARK GWYNNE-JONES
London Liming offers an enthusiastic and fun-filled event, where people can mix, drink and dance. With a special theme of COMBUSTIFICATION! this unmissable blend of music and spoken word featured MOBO Award Winner and Mercury Prize Nominee alto-saxophonist and rapper SOWETO KINCH, and verbal gymnastics and wordplay from acclaimed poets PATIENCE AGBABI and MARK GWYNNE-JONES.
11 APRIL 2013: TILT PRESENTS LONDON LIMING at rich mix
A Comedy Meets Kaiso Special
This Liming special features comedy by PRINCE ABDI **and **TIM BOMBDOG, songs by Calypso Monarch winner (2010 - 2011) ALEXANDER D GREAT, witty prose and sayings by writer FEMI MARTIN, poetry and satire by TIM CLARE, and song interpretations by MELANIE ABRAHAMS **and **JAMES INGHAM. It showcased forms of kaiso music with the explicit aim to showcase the meaning as well as the fun, and to explore the wit, wordplay, double entendre and the scurrilous intentions often found in kaiso songs.
14 FEB 2013: TILT'S LONDON LIMING: WHERE SPOKEN WORD MEETS CARNIVAL
A LOVE Theme Special
London Liming presented a show with JEAN 'BINTA' BREEZE, Tilt’s Liming patron JOHN AGARD, JELENA CURCIC, a London-based Storyteller from the Balkans and MELLOW BAKU, an acclaimed young singer songwriter, with music by DJ RUSS JONES. There was poetry, music and a refreshingly modern twists on love and romance that enthralled both lovers, cynics and the undecided.