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Poetry in Motion 2015: Jamaica's signature feast of the performing arts

Published:Sunday | February 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM
File Yasus Afari
Contributed Mutabaruka
Dr Michael Abrahams was up to his usual antics.
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Jamaica's Cultural and Literary and Performing Arts will take centre stage at Poetry in Motion, now celebrating its 12th annual staging today at 6 p.m. at Manchester Golf Club, Brumalia Road in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica.

The Poetry in Motion Family, or PiM Family as it is affectionately called, is particularly honoured to be responsible for the highly anticipated annual Poetry in Motion, which happens to be Jamaica's signature edutainment and poetry event and which has successfully and relentlessly presented clean, intelligent fun for its audiences.

Caring and Sharing

February is celebrated as Black History Month, and Poetry in Motion is geared at helping to reflect on the past as we celebrate black presence. It is anticipated that this focus will create a prosperous future of caring and sharing in 'advancing the welfare of the entire human race'. Consistent with this, Poetry in Motion will present a monetary contribution to their annual charity, which for this year is Gilbert and Georgia Allen Educational Trust.

12th Anniversary Special - Tribute to Teachers and Students

Poetry in Motion has always been embraced by students and teachers, particularly in central Jamaica. In recognition of this, and in celebration of their 12th anniversary, they have acquired sponsorship from Jamaica National Building Society and Irie Life Anguilla to facilitate 48 teachers and students from 12 educational institutions from Clarendon, St Elizabeth and Manchester. These are: Belair High, DeCarteret College, Bishop Gibson High, Manchester High, Mandeville Primary and Junior High, Spalding High, BB Coke Comprehensive High, Northern Caribbean University, Church Teachers' College, Bethlehem Moravian Teachers' College, Catholic College of Mandeville and St Elizabeth Technical High School.

This initiative allows students and teachers to freely benefit from the entire spectrum of the creative and performing arts: music, dance, comedy, storytelling,

fashion and poetry, for which

they are largely responsible.

Classy and Classic - Elegant Affair

Poetry in Motion 2015 features an eclectic mix of performers, namely: Mutabaruka, Pam Hall, Dr Michael Abrahams, Dufton Shepherd, Yasus Afari, Jean Breeze, Kellie Magnus, Randy McLaren, Annmarie Wilmot, Marcel 'Ahmdeep' Allen, Gervanna Stephenson, Georgia Allen, Charmaine Gooden-Monteith, and Sankofa Fashions, which will roll out the SanKoFa Fashion Red Carpet to allow patrons to be photographed as they walk out in style.

The gates will open at 3 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m.

PiM 2015 tickets are available at Fontana Pharmacy, Heaven's Texaco, Manchester Golf Club, Mandeview Hotel, Villa Gardens, VW Investment Cambio (Christiana), Junction Pharmacy, Dr Little's Office and Pharmacy (Santa Cruz), among others.

Sponsors of the Arts

Poetry in Motion 2015 has benefited from the sponsorship of Fontana Pharmacy, VW Investment Cambio, Sankofa Wellness Centre, Irie Life Anguilla and Mona Graphic Printers, JIIC Your Insurance Place from GraceKennedy. Poetry inMotion has got the special support Jamaica National Building Society with whom they have joined forces to help sponsor the 48 teachers and students from 12 schools.