Kat FrancoisA groundbreaking new project for young people aged between 13 and 19 is being launched on the Isle of Wight.

Flip the Script will bring three of the UK’s top spoken word poets/MCs to the Island for a series of workshops in Newport and Sandown. The project is a great opportunity for aspiring rappers, performers or writers who want to try performing in a team slam event and to take their creative output to the next level.

Sessions will be led by national slam champions Adam Kammerling and Kat Francois, and international MC/poet Kenny Baraka, assisted by talented Islanders: Cooly Haste, Buddy Carson and the Punk Poet.

To give people a taste of what it’s all about, a launch party for 13 to 19 year olds will take place at Newport Youth Centre gym on Friday 27th September between 18:00 and 20:00. There will be an evening of rap, MC and performance poetry, hosted by top spoken word artist Ali Frisko Dan. The night will feature some of the country’s best artists via the Apples and Snakes organisation, as well as a host of Island talent. Aspiring poets and MCs will have the chance to ‘spit some bars’ or speak some lines in the open-mic session.

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To attend the launch party, please email: [email protected]

The Flip the Script workshops begin in the first week in October, after school. For more information and to sign up, please email: [email protected]. Venues include Newport Youth Centre on Thursdays, Sandown Youth Centre on Wednesdays, and Medina College (limited to Medina College students only).

Nina Cullinane, the Isle of Wight Council’s arts development officer, was successful in bidding for Arts Council funding to support the project. She said:

“We are delighted to have received funding from the Arts Council for this brand new project, Flip the Script, which will bring top quality performers to the Island work with young people and train local performers. ”This is a once in lifetime opportunity in an artform that is very new to the Island. I can’t wait for the Slam Final!”

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