Talks & Spoken Word, Performances

Renowned international spoken word artists. The most fascinating poets from Finland. Performances that will change your idea of what poetry is. Experience Helsinki Spoken Word!

Helsinki Spoken Word: Joelle Taylor (UK), Nelli Ruotsalainen, Pietu Wikström

Helsinki Spoken Word brings the most interesting spoken word artists whose words make a difference. On every night we’ll have an international headliner - a rare treat in Helsinki’s poetry scene.

At the third Helsinki Spoken Word three artists will take the spotlight: JOELLE TAYLOR (UK), NELLI RUOTSALAINEN and PIETU WIKSTRÖM.

Thursday 18.10. / doors 19.00 / showtime 19.30
Tickets: 10,50 / 12 €

The event is both in English and in Finnish.

Helsinki Spoken Word is organised by Korjaamo and Harri Hertell who also hosts the events.

Meet the poets:

Joelle Taylor is an award winning poet, playwright, essayist and author. She has performed her poetry around the world in venues ranging from the 100 Club to British Parliament. She is the host Out-Spoken poetry and music club in London. Her new collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me was published in July 2017 and was supported by two UK tours in that year. She is currently touring the book across Europe, Australia and South East Asia.

Taylor is a pioneer of feminist spoken word, who often in her work adopts viewpoints of the less privileged women and children. She writes because she doesn’t know how not to: “In some ways, the words write me. There is an art to writing for performance, to writing on air, and it is something that I am still actively working on.”

On Friday 19/10 Taylor will host a workshop Poetry as Social Challenge at Korjaamo. Read more and sign up here!

Nelli Ruotsalainen is a Helsinki-based feminist activist with an MA in Gender Studies.

Nelli's debut poetry collection, Täällä en pyydä enää anteeksi (Pesä Publishing), exalts the message of our time: the rule of men is crashing to its end on all cultural, political, and personal fronts. Their poetry collection unabashedly celebrates autobiographical writing as a political act and thus aligns their work in the feminist autobiographical tradition.

However, Täällä en pyydä enää anteeksi also examines contradictions brewing in both the feminist movement as well as in individual feminists themselves. Through precise details Ruptsalainen succeeds in making feminist theory so accessible its message cannot go ignored.

Pietu Wikström / kuopus_94 is a Finnish spoken word/rap-artist. In his texts Wikström moves between dreamy fantasy scapes and honest and revealing personal topics. Pietu wants to shake the sexist structures in rap and wants to rap differently: about himself, sexuality and the surrounding reality.

Pietu is inspired by sex, queer and different kind of symbioses. Pietu Wikström’s new kuopus_94 -project is a personal attempt to withstand shame, to laugh at himself and to take seriously. The poems and the lyrics are in Finnish.

Spoken what?

Spoken word is a form of performance art based on words. It often merges storytelling, poetry, music, film and theatre. Common subjects of spoken word include current events and social matters, often laced with a dose of humor.

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