Our annual performance poetry competition gets a facelift and a shot of adrenalin in the ass.
WANTED: Poets with a stout heart, fierce, fearless and, where appropriate, balls of steel...
ALSO WANTED: Audience - must be prepared to judge, harsh, fair with a good ear and a light heart!
Forget Stars in Their Eyes, forget glorified karaoke singers on the TV.
This is the real thing. Performance poetry for keeps. Blood on the microphone, tears on the page and stage. Reputations won and lost. Just you, your words... and an audience of judges. You better step up. Or step off. Catalyst presents "Catalyst Poetry Idol" - the audience is the judge - be prepared to stimulate, provoke, entertain or move. Literally.
It's all just fun n' games (until someone loses an i)
To promote the launch of our first CD of spoken word to accompany Catalyst 4, once again we're throwing poets to the lions. There will be five heats over five weeks with fabulous prizes and an Idol Grand Final with the 5 heat winners to find the Catalyst Poetry Idol for 2005. (Kinda like a poet laureate but with dry ice and sequins).
The first ten poets to register for each heat will be eligible to compete in Catalyst Poetry Idol, registration starts at 8pm. There will also be an Open Mic for poets who miss out on registration. All judging will be done by the audience.
1st Prize: $50 bar tab and a track on the spoken word CD with Catalyst 4
2nd Prize: $20 bar tab
3rd Prize: Mystery Prizes.
The Winners of each heat will go through to the Grand Final (even more fabulous prizes TBC)
5 Preliminary Heats: All at Wunderbar, Lyttelton
Thursday July 21st 8pm
Thursday July 28th 8pm
Thursday August 4th 8pm
Thursday August 11th 8pm
Thursday August 18th 8pm
Idol Grand Final:
Thursday August 25th 8pm Wunderbar
featuring the 5 winners of the heats, competing for the coveted title of Catalyst Poetry Idol.
Come along, have a drink, support your local poets and help choose the Idol! Entry is FREE.
Stay tuned right here for weekly results and updates as New Zealand's most significant Idol competition ever, kicks (ass) off.