I want to start by sharing the reflections of Sakshi, one of our children at Slam Out Loud.
It might take one year or two years or a hundred years. But people will listen. They’ll change. Words can do that. – Sakshi, 14 yrs
Sakshi reminds us of what, as adults immersed in our work, it is easy to forget. That it is important to express ourselves. That expression is a tool for change. That change doesn’t start with a meeting or funding or a spreadsheet. Change starts with a voice.
Just last year two of Slam Out Loud’s children performed in front of more than three thousand people at Spoken Fest
2017 – India’s first spoken word festival – in Mumbai. (Watch Supriya’s creation, Clockwork, here
). Sakshi, Supriya, and others from Slam Out Loud study in Delhi’s government schools and come from low-income communities. They have braved all odds to find their voices through spoken word poetry and other forms of creative expression.
This year, Spoken Fest is back with a second edition and Slam Out Loud’s youngest and brightest will once again grace the stage to celebrate the power of words.
We invite you to join the celebration with us on January 13, 2 pm – 10 pm, at JioGardens, Bandra Kurla Complex. The kids will take the main stage in the evening, and your presence would fill our hearts with joy. If you are interested in covering the story of these children at Spoken Fest or of Slam Out Loud, please reach out to me (email below). You can find out more about Spoken Fest here.
At the start of this new year, we wish you and your loved ones find and celebrate your voices.
Additionally, here’s a small sneak peek into one of the theatre classrooms at Slam Out Loud
|Slam Out Loud is an organization that uses the transformational power of the arts to empower children with a voice.