POETRY SLAM FOR PEACE
NUYORICAN POETS CAFE – NEW YORK CITY
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
On September 19, 2017, the first Annual Poetry Slam for Peace was held at New York City’s Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Poetry Slam for Peace is a signature GFLP event leading up to the United Nations International Day of Peace.
The Nuyorican Poets Cafe is a cultural icon on New York’s Lower East Side since 1973. The Nuyorican presents groundbreaking works of literature, music, theater, performance art, poetry slam, hip-hop, visual art and champions established as well as rising artists from every background imaginable for all ages. Through the Nuyorican’s social media network, this year’s Poetry Slam for Peace reached more than 15,000 social media followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Attending were five featured poets and four poets who participated in the Open Mic portion of the Slam.
The event was very engaging, and demonstrated the primary purpose of the Poetry Slam for Peace: to connect youth with activities surrounding the United Nations International Day of Peace. The young poets are a most expressive voice for current events, crafting communication, venting emotion, and creating art. Poetry Slams provide a constructive atmosphere of equality, sensitivity and progress, encouraging discussion, creativity, empowerment and alliance. The Poetry Slam for Peace is a powerful way to bring awareness to youth who likely never knew about the International Day of Peace, and a vehicle to spread the word around the world.
Co-Sponsored by the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY and the United Religions Initiative at the United Nations.