Sharing words and stories for collective storytelling
Microphones, noise, cheering, laughing and clapping- the sounds created by an open mic platform- an event that gathers people together, bringing about diverse viewpoints through the sharing of personal writing, to incite conversation between people that would otherwise not be communicating. Traditionally the open mic is related to music and musical events, but why not transform it into a public tool to share provocative words and thoughts? Moreover, why not host it in a space built for noise- such as metro or train stations?
The open mic event could be devoted to poetry slams, community theatrical works or even collective storytelling. Imagine a mother and daughter reading a poem that they have written together in front of other mothers and daughters, the young woman speaking about her experience as an immigrant in a new city or even the passionate lyricist finally able to “spit his rhymes”. The poetry slam- a competition at which poets read or recite original work (or, more rarely, that of others)- is judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience, which could be anyone in attendance. Audience participation, the judges being one of your peers, responding to what is being read through laughter or even tears- these are the building blocks for communication that surpasses age, skin color and profession- a communication that focuses on what it means to be human, with what we know best- emotions.
Interested in being loud without the neighbors complaining? Or getting to know people in your community? Planning of these events might be the solution, check out the following inspiration: