Date: 13 September 2013

Wise Words Festival at Whitefriars

Wise Words is a festival that reawakens wonder and encourages curiosity. It offers unexpected, intimate and intriguing encounters with poetry and stories alongside opportunities to hear from insightful speakers who share their experiences and understanding of the world. 
 
This is not a traditional festival constrained within the confines of its venues. Instead it takes place on the streets, in the gardens, on the river, in coffee shops and in unusual venues across the city centre.
 
This is an event where the ordinary becomes the extraordinary! Artists and speakers this year include former Barnsley poet, broadcaster and comedian Ian McMillan, author Artemis Cooper, journalist Patrick Cockburn and Jamie Catto, the co-founder of music group Faithless. There will be something for every age and many events are free.

Find out more at: http://www.wisewordsfestival.co.uk

Events in Whitefriars include:
 

Friday 13th September: 
 
Rose Lane 
 
12pm – 1pm
Oxjam Canterbury will showcase the wealth of local musical talent that Canterbury and the surrounding areas have to offer, all of whom are united by a shared goal – to raise money to fight poverty and suffering around the world. 
 
1pm – 2pm
Some of the UK's most exciting Spoken Word artists will perform – giving you a taste of what is on offer across the weekend and promoting Spoke 'n' Word (taking place in Greyfriars from 5.30 – 7.30). 
 

Saturday 14th September: 

Rose Lane

12pm – 4pm
An afternoon of musical and spoken wise words -  Oxjam will showcase a wealth of local musical talent across the weekend – with all artists involved united by a shared goal to raise money to fight poverty and suffering around the world. This programme of music will be interspersed by performances from top spoken word artists who will be battling for your votes to be crowned king or queen of the street slam. 
 
4pm – 4.45pm
The Street Slam Final - The Spoken Word Artists with the highest scores across the day will take part in a final slam to be crowned the Street Slam champion.
 
Whitefriars Square

11.50am – 12pm
1.20pm – 1.30pm
3.20pm – 3.30pm
 
Toy Box Theatre - Watch a vintage storybook come to life. Meet characters that engage and interact, creating laughter and music as they dance with you or roll past on their way around the city….
 
1.30pm – 2.15pm
Don’t Wear it on Your Head - poet John Siddique reads from his book of poetry for children. These poems will challenge, entertain and make you laugh out loud!


Sunday 15th September: 

Rose Lane

12pm – 4pm
Oxjam will showcase a wealth of local musical talent across the weekend – with all artists involved united by a shared goal to raise money to fight poverty and suffering around the world. This programme of music will be interspersed by performances from top spoken word artists who will be battling for your votes to be crowned king or queen of the street slam. 
 
4pm – 4.45pm
Street Slam final - The Spoken Word Artists with the highest scores across the day will take part in s final slam to be crowned the Street Slam champion.
 
Whitefriars Square

11.50am – 12pm
1.20pm – 1.30pm
3.20pm – 3.30pm
 
Toy Box Theatre - Watch a vintage storybook come to life. Meet characters that engage and interact, creating laughter and music as they dance with you or roll past on their way around the city….
 
1.30pm – 4pm
Taleweaver Tony Cooper: Tony tells traditional stories and shares local legends that have been handed down by storytellers for centuries. He captures the imaginations of children of all ages. Come and join him on the stage in Whitefriars Square. 
 

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