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54th Poetry International Festival Rotterdam
Masterclass Saul Williams - Art as Resistance

Masterclass Saul Williams - Art as Resistance

Saul Williams teaches you how to use art as a form of resistance.

When the world is on fire, art can help give context to the things that are happening. Many artists use their artistic work to give voice to the oppressed, to call attention to distressing situations, and to tell important stories. Saul Williams is such an artist, who uses different artistic forms of expression to articulate his care, his anger and his hope, and manages to inspire many people around the world with his poems and music. During this masterclass, Saul will share his own experiences with using art as a form of resistance. He will share a lecture on the topic, after which there will be room for you to ask your burning questions. 

 

Saul Williams is an American writer, actor, musician and poet.
According to Williams, the point of poetry is ‘to express, to share, to relieve, to explore’. He finds poetry, especially the performance of poetry, to be a cathartic experience that helps him navigate the difficulties that life throws at him. As a slam poet, he started blending p...

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When the world is on fire, art can help give context to the things that are happening. Many artists use their artistic work to give voice to the oppressed, to call attention to distressing situations, and to tell important stories. Saul Williams is such an artist, who uses different artistic forms of expression to articulate his care, his anger and his hope, and manages to inspire many people around the world with his poems and music. During this masterclass, Saul will share his own experiences with using art as a form of resistance. He will share a lecture on the topic, after which there will be room for you to ask your burning questions. 

 

Saul Williams is an American writer, actor, musician and poet.
According to Williams, the point of poetry is ‘to express, to share, to relieve, to explore’. He finds poetry, especially the performance of poetry, to be a cathartic experience that helps him navigate the difficulties that life throws at him. As a slam poet, he started blending poetry and hip hop early on and never lost his clear-sightedness and political consciousness. Williams is an avid activist and speaks out clearly about injustice in his work, using different genres to tell his story.

From slam poetry, he made the transition into music with his debut album Amethyst Rock Star (2001) that was executive produced by Rick Rubin. He later starred as a lead in the musical Holler If Ya Hear Me (2013). It was also through poetry that he first got involved in filmmaking. After winning the title Nuyorican Poets Cafe’s Grand Slam Champion in 1996, he appeared in the documentary SlamNation. After this Williams obtained the lead role in the film Slam (1998) for which he also acted as a writer. The film went on to win the Sundance Festival Grand Jury Prize as well as the Cannes Golden Camera. His most recent work is as writer and co-director of Neptune Frost (2021). Williams has published four poetry collections, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, African Voices and Bomb Magazine, among others. He has performed on all kinds of stages, from different prisons and community centers across 30 countries, to the White House and the Sydney Opera House.

Saturday June 8th


12.45 - 13.30


LantarenVenster - Auditorium 5


Language and duration

Language: English
Duration: 45 minutes

Important information

Important: the auditorium has a capacity of 120 people, so make sure you arrive at the program on time if you want to participate in the masterclass.

Festival poets

See also

Sponsors
Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Prins Bernhard cultuurfonds
Lira fonds
Partners
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère