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Paris Lit Up EN TOUR: some feedback

Posted on 10 Apr 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

We asked some of the troupe to give us some thoughts about this year’s Paris Lit Up England tour. Here’s their brutal feedback…           Elia Cohen, aka Rorsha “Art, like knowledge, love and amazing puns, is better when shared.” As I was in the bus going « home », it dawned on me that we are living the times of our live(r)s, and also that I should be awarded a prize for best 2017 written pun. First of all: Thank you very much for this opportunity and the overall organisation of what will stay one of the best memories of my life. It is all so true and proven, over and over during this tour, that art like knowledge, love, and amazing puns is better when shared. In coming years we’ll need words of courage, patience, some amazing teaching skills and, maybe above all else we’ll need to know that we are not alone… Be it through an Instagram account, polaroids or simply memories of the time we spent in a room full of ears as eager as we were to hear the word. It feels like community and even more like a family, it is 🙂 Richard Earls  “it is not just the gaps that make Maysan great but, at least, they...

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Paris Lit Up England Tour 2017: SYNOPSIS

Posted on 8 Apr 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

As we do every year, a bold and brazen group from Paris Lit Up went to wow England with our words and music. Why? Because the PLU philosophy is a borderless one, and we believe that the more one absorbs, the better one becomes as an artist and person. PLU is nothing without its web of creative connections, and this web has to be fostered and fed. This year, our troupe included Richard Earls, Isabelle Lorion, Elia Cohen (aka Rorsha), Dom Stevenson, Maysan Nasser, Ed Bell and Emily Ruck Keene. We were joined along the way by other members of our creative community, for 8 events over 7 days in London (x 3), Guildford, Bristol, Bath, Bradford on Avon and Oxford. London saw us first perform near Oval, at Bar 48, where the Fourth Friday Open Mic has relocated while the Poetry Café undergoes renovations. See here for a detailed write-up. Special thanks to host Hylda Sims. This was followed by the No Pressure Open Mic in Soho, the beautiful Sun at Night open mic in St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch, and the jam-packed Live at the Stage Door in Lambeth. We left the bright lights of London for the warm and welcoming arms of Guildford. Janice and Dónall Dempsey (1000 Monkeys) were once again the hosts...

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Paris Lit Up at Bar 48 in Oval, London

Posted on 25 Mar 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Last night the tour began in earnest and we learned that our team has impeccable timing: literally as Emily was introducing the PLU project, with two absentees, Elia and Maysan arrived (see photo), bags on backs, “fresh” from the bus, to be thrown on stage and knock the good people of Oval’s socks off. Bar 48 welcomes Fourth Friday in a new setting due to renovations at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden.  An Eritrean restaurant – which Emily...

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Paris Lit Up England Tour 2017!

Posted on 28 Feb 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Paris Lit Up is off once again* to visit her neighbour across La Manche, to read, write, sing and dance across England with a merry band of artists, and hopefully you too. London, Bristol, Bath, Bradford on Avon, Oxford and Guildford…we’re coming for you. If you’re near any of these venues, come join us, we’d love to see you!   MARCH 24: Fourth Friday ,  Bar 48, Brixon, London, 8pm. MARCH 26: Sun At Night London, St. Leonards Church. Shoreditch High...

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PLU: Cultural Revolution IS Here!

Posted on 5 Jan 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Beautiful documentary by Dina Khan and Maria Cavallo on PLU! In Dina’s own words: “I would like to dedicate this movie to all the artists who work torn with doubts or fears. We have a terrific job, but sometimes to make art and share it with the public makes us vulnerable. This is, for me, the greatest sign of authenticity. I would like to see more vulnerability around me. The more we feel vulnerable in our work, the more our art...

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Kickstart la rentrée!

Posted on 3 Sep 2016 in News | 0 comments

The city of Paris is synonymous with creativity.Paris breeds creativity, Paris inspires creativity. Yet Paris does not come easy. A bustling and rugged metropolis, it fights illusions, and forces discovery, just as it did for Joyce, Hughes, Hemingway, Nin and countless other foreign writers and artists. For over 4 years, the non-profit association Paris Lit Up has hosted free Open Mic nights every Thursday, published five books, has thrown some really great parties with our multicultural, transnational community of writers, artist, musicians and activists and even toured extensively through Europe. We’ve...

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French Poetry Grand Slam on Thursday May 26

Posted on 23 May 2016 in PLU Slam Poetry | 0 comments

No PLU Open Mic this week. Instead, all week-long, Culture Rapide will play host to the French Poetry Grand Slam!...

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PLU Comedy with Amber Minogue

Posted on 12 May 2016 in PLU Comedy | 0 comments

After a little hiatus, come back to laugh your ass off at the 5th edition of Paris Lit Up Comedy, with Paris’ best stand-up comedians. Hosted every six weeks or so by Fred Eyangoh (Unfiltered Comedy Hour), comedians and stand up performers are invited to sign up for free starting at 20h for a slot during the evening. Each performer is given ample time to strut their stuff – just beware the flying tomatoes! This week’s special guest is comedian Amber Minogue!...

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Paris Lit Up n°4 — Call for Submissions

Posted on 9 May 2016 in News | 0 comments

Accepting submissions from 01 March to 31 May 2016 Transgressive voices crossing national borders and breaking traditional lines, mestizo origins and citizens of the world narrating unique experiences: Paris Lit Up n°4 is looking for transcultural expressions that move in the margins and push beyond static identities. We want to see a moveable feast; the complex alterity that is the City of Light. Show us how Paris is at once here and elsewhere, give us the local with the global, and...

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Use poetry as a way of giving a shit: A workshop with Dominic Stevenson

Posted on 7 Apr 2016 in News, Workshop | 0 comments

By Edward Bell.  By the Theatre of Odeon is Berkeley Books, a fine second-hand bookshop that cradles every Saturday the Paris Lit Up weekly workshop, featuring our special guest from Thursday night. This greying Saturday, PLU had the pleasure of receiving Dominic Stevenson, a storyteller and charity worker who had come over from London to teach us with his words and enchant us with his teaching. He had planned for our sesquipedalian delectation a series of exercises that were...

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Paris Lit Up & friends in England

Posted on 6 Apr 2016 in News | 0 comments

Five intrepid members of the PLU community (we misplaced one en route) packed their words and waterproofs and set off on a week-long tour of fair England. We visited London (Covent Garden and Clapham), Guildford, Oxford and Bristol to belatedly celebrate the launch of the Paris Lit Up Magazine n°3. Sure, it came out in September but, you know, time difference and all that. The Poetry Café welcomed us into their cave and, like last year, we found ourselves with a...

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PLU Grand Tourists – Italy 2016

Posted on 29 Mar 2016 in News | 0 comments

Following in the footsteps of the old masters, Paris Lit Up embarks on our Grand Tour of Italy this spring. Writers, musicians and artists from Paris will descend upon five Italian cities for readings, performances and festivities in collaboration with local associations at the forefront of contemporary culture. Building a new Europe of creativity and imagination from the bottom up, we invite you to join us to celebrate life, art… and excellent wine! For the complete program, see here: http://parislitup.com/grand-tour-italy-2016/   Edward...

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