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Open mic nights offer poetic inclusivity

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 21 2019   /  01:44 am

Open mic poetry nights offer not only a more inclusive literary scene in the capital, but also a platform for poets to express themselves in ways they find difficult in their day-to-day lives.

A growing number of poetry gigs can be found in the city, allowing participants to become poets for one night. The open mic gigs provide a stage where poets can voluntarily read out their own poems or others’ work in front of an audience.

Paviliun Puisi (Poetry Pavilion) is an open mic night that has been held monthly at café and art space Paviliun 28 in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, since June 2017.

The event, held on the last Saturday of each month, is open to anyone of any background, though budding and established poets can be spotted at the event every now and then.

A group of five organizers, four of whom are poets, have been voluntarily managing the event, whi...