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Friday 2 March
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In a nutshell
Poetry and samosas—what more could you ask for? The Yoniverse launches its open mic night, Golden Tongue.
Golden Tongue is an open mic night focused on amplifying the voices of South Asian women. It gives them a space to share their stories, and gives everyone else a place to come listen, engage, and learn. While everyone is invited to take part in the open mic, features are reserved for South Asian women.
The Yoniverse is a poetry collective by South Asian women, for South Asian women. We believe in owning our narratives, in celebrating the diversity of our diaspora and identities. Most of all, we believe in being loud.
This launch is about bringing everyone to the party. It’s flinging open doors, sharing good food, good music, and good poetry. Everyone is invited!
What to Expect
Expect an open mic night turned dance. We bring you finger-licking good samosas and heart-warming spoken word poetry. Headliners Shruti Chauhan and Simran Randhawa will be gracing the stage, with seven open mic slots up for grabs. Afterward, DJ Reeta Loi will be hitting the decks with her trademark fusion blend of music to party-sharty until late.
Shareefa Energy is a spoken word artist, performance poet, writer and creative writing workshop facilitator. Her poetry delves into a journey of self and mental growth and shares the experiences of witnessing the world through the eyes of an Indian woman born in England.
Whether it's her charm or engaging stage presence, Sophia Thakur can hold a crowd. Two Ted Talks, 800,000 views and 300 stages, later she has earned the right to be called Spoken Words sweetheart by MTV and Channel 4. She is always striving to write more openly, honestly and vulnerably.
Afshan D’souza-Lodhi was born in Dubai and is of Indian/Pakistani descent. Afshan writes plays, prose, performance pieces and occasionally passive aggressive tweets. She has worked with Manchester Lit Festival, The Royal Exchange Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Eclipse Theatre, Tamasha Theatre Company and Paul Burston’s Polari. www.afshan.info
Amani Saeed is a spoken word artist from London. She has worked with the Roundhouse, BBC 1Xtra, and the Huffington Post. Her work, which tackles issues such as Islamophobia and abuse, is described as ‘electric,’ ‘strident,’ and ‘brave.’ Her first collection, Split, will be published in May 2018.
Shagufta K is an award-winning artist and poet whose work ‘leaves you validated but aching.’ (gal dem magazine). Longlisted for the inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships, she is the author of poetry collection 'Jam Is For Girls, Girls Get Jam', and founder of the 'YoniVerse' poetry collective.
Reeta Loi is a London based DJ, musician and writer. Her music fuses classic Bollywood tracks from the '70s and '80s with hip hop and electro beats. She is Publishing Director for BurntRoti.com, writes a monthly column for DIVA magazine, and co-founded Gaysians.org.
Shruti Chauhan is a British Indian poet and performer. She has won slams internationally, and has performed at Royal Albert Hall, the US Embassy’s American Centre in New Delhi, the Green Mill in Chicago and at events across the UK. She is currently developing her solo show, The Sky Diaries.
Simran Randhawa is model, influencer and assistant editor at gal-dem with an avid interest in amplifying the voices of young South Asian women in the UK. Part of a new cohort of intersectional feminist activists, she is using social media for the greater good in a relatable, powerful way.
What people are saying
‘Amazing young women speaking about brown bodies, identity, and women's stories’—Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights
‘An inspiring statement of power, call for change’—Asian Culture Vulture
This event is wheelchair accessible.