Are you an up-coming poet? Do you spend most of your time staring at the ceiling, sailing through the waves of your imagination?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
If you answered yes to any of the above, The Word Project is the answer. We sat down with founder, Haidy Zakaria, to find out more about one of the biggest poetry initiatives in Cairo right now.
“We are trying to make writing and poetry become a vital part of Egyptian culture, as it once was,” said Zakaria, who came up with the idea of The Word Project when she saw a gap in the literary scene – one that was not affording poets and writers in Egypt a regular space to flex their poetic muscles. “Spoken word poetry is a great way to connect with people on a personal level; it shows the writers that they have a safe place to be creative,” Zakaria adds.
Having held their first poetry slam in February 2014, The Word Project has gone on to gather plenty of momentum, with some of the brightest young minds having taken their work to the stage at several Cairo venues. Since then, it has gone on to expand its repertoire to include music acts, though Zakaria’s ambitions are much bigger. “We hope to try to go beyond poetry,” she says. “We have already had musical talents perform in our slams before, but we want to expand to include other kinds of expressive arts.”
The Word Project’s next slam is set to take place at the Nasr City branch of Bikya on Friday 16th October and though registration for performers has closed, you can still attend and take in some culture and with its rapid expansion, more slams are ahead.
For more information on The Word Project, click here.