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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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Grand Tour Italy 2016

Posted on 5 Mar 2016 in News | 0 comments

Join Paris Lit Up from April 13th-20th in Florence, Bologna, Venice, Padua, Trieste Following in the footsteps of the old masters, Paris Lit Up embarks on our Grand Tour of Italy this spring. Ten 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...

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PLU Slam with Winona Linn

Posted on 16 Feb 2016 in PLU Slam Poetry | 0 comments

Another great slam night with Paris Lit Up! We started the night off with a solemn, moving poem by Maxx, about the friends he lost at the Bataclan this past fall. Although much too long for a traditional slam poem, the importance of his words far outweighed competition rules, which we ended up scrapping later on anyway! Time penalties? What time penalties? Next up was Cait, with a charming ukulele love song (we’re a permissive slam) followed by Flavie’s poem...

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Paris Lit Up Magazine n°3 England tour

Posted on 11 Feb 2016 in News | 0 comments

Paris Lit Up is taking an elite team of volunteers to the fair shores of England to share our beautiful magazine n°3 with our neighbours. We’ll be hosting & performing around the country from March 21 – 27.  We’d like to invite as many people as possible to come and read/perform at our (free) launch nights. So, if you’re based near London, Oxford, Guildford or Bristol, please come along – or send a friend – to support the work we do, say hello, read...

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Paris Lit Up Roman Writing Retreat 2016

Posted on 2 Feb 2016 in News | 0 comments

– Only Paris is worthy of Rome, only Rome is worthy of Paris. Paris Lit Up is proud to present the second edition of our Roman Writing Retreat. This year we will be writing and workshoping in Italy from  Sunday, June 12th through Sunday, June 19th, 2016. Join us as we escape the city for this 7-day writing holiday in the picturesque Italian countryside. Set at the independently owned and operated La Preta Nera country home, applicants will spend one week honing their writing skills through daily group...

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LIMBO – A theatre screening by Manish Gandhi

Posted on 22 Nov 2015 in News | 0 comments

Review by Helen Cusack O’Keeffe Filming a play is no simple exercise: the performance necessarily targets the physical audience in the theatre space and though they may be aware of the camera’s presence, it is very much a secondary point of their focus, a fly on the wall. Here, the stage is almost exclusively shot via a wide-angle point of view, thus though the subject distance is largely unvaried, the sense of theatrical performance is preserved due to the...

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