Kuona x Gungwa


Kuona x Gungwa
See X Sea

LANGUAGE Shona, English, Igbo
AGE 12+
WHEN Saturday 22nd February 2020, 4 pm

A performance-poetry & music showcase adapted from the ongoing visual-poetry projects/ works-in-progress by spoken-word performer Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi titled “Madness as a Moving Form”, and Irish-Zimbabwean singer-songwriter and poet Christie Kandiwa titled “Mwana Wedu” (Our Child). Our projects/performance will deal with important themes such as cultural identity, preservation of language, women’s and migrants’ rights, and the right to creative expression. The show is a celebration of black womanhood and the history that informs our lived experience.
We aim to inspire our audience to reflect on and challenge the existing dialogue around gender equality, migration and multiculturalism in Ireland today.

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A poet and singer-songwriter, Christie Kandiwa was born in Zimbabwe and raised in Ireland, her work is influenced by blending her Zimbabwean cultural heritage and her Irish upbringing intertwining Southern-African myths and local languages and forms. As well as being published in Dedalus Press Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets Anthology, her work was selected for Poetry Ireland’s Versify 2019 and she was a panelist for the I ASIL 2019 Conference event: “Are We Doing Diversity Justice?”.
Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi is a Lagos-born and Dublin-based writer, editor, performer, and arts facilitator. She co-organised and chaired the panel event, “Are We Doing Diversity Justice” along with UCD Ph.D. scholar Emma Penny, for the I ASIL 2019 Conference. She is completing an MA in Cultural Policy & Arts Management at UCD. Her work is published in both online and print journals – notably Poetry International, Poetry Ireland Review 129, RTÉ Poetry Programme, Smithereens Press, The Bohemyth, The Irish Times, and the anthologies The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories (Head of Zeus 2020, edited by Sinéad Gleeson) an d Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets (Dedalus Press 2019, co-edited by Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi & Pat Boran). She was the 2019 recipient of the Poetry Ireland Access Cúirt Bursary. She blogs at Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi – WordPress

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