THE EDINBURGH FLYTING CHAMPION 2015
The Iliad and Odyssey existed as oral performances passed on over centuries before someone we now know as Homer thought to write them down. In Scotland and Ireland, the filidhean and the makars were elite performance poets, honoured guests of the Chiefs and the clans. Even slams today are nothing new.
The Scottish tradition of flyting dates from the 15th century, in which two makars would combat in a poetic joust, a furious contest of verbal abuse which combined extraordinary verbal dexterity with the most vulgar of insults. The most famous of these, the 16th century flyting between William Dunbar and Walter Kennedy in front of the Court of James IV of Scotland brought eye-watering new insults to the language.
Now the Red Roomers and the Craigmillar Poets are reviving for the second year running the Flyting for World Community Arts Day on 18th February at the Constitution Bar, Constitution Street, Edinburgh. The day before we will have presented the StAnza 2015 Preview on World Community Arts Day at Craigmillar Library. Sean O’Dee was our first ever 2014 winner.
There are FOUR RULES.
1) The insults must be in poetic forms.
2) You don’t deliberately insult your opponent as a person anyone should hate.
3) You do not insult their body of work as being of bad taste or workmanship.
4) This is for FUN. Please remember that at all times. This is NOT a battle of badness but FUN!
There are limited places, so sign up NOW. All names will go into a hat and pulled out on the night so you do not know whom your first opponent is. Subsequent rounds will be by the winners.
A panel of Judges will be on hand with a timekeeper to decide and whittle things down to the top two. The winner will receive a prize and the title: Edinburgh Flyting Champion 2015 and have the opportunity to enter the GRAND SLAM 2015 (still to be confirmed).
“You’ll need pencils and paper to make notes on your opponents as the rounds go on, so get practising with horrible insults, epithets and general slagging-off.
Be inventive … or may the offspring of a thousand fleas enter through your front door! And YOU can do better than that!” – Johnni Stanton.
Come and join our regulars and let’s have a great Flyte!
Thursday 26 February, 6.30pm
Dydd Iau 26 Chwefror, 6.30yh
World Community Arts Performance
“We can either react in fear or anger to the state of our
world thus becoming part of the problem or respond
creatively and become part of the solution”.
World Community Arts Day is a global celebration of
Arts around the world and this is the 8th year we have
taken part in this celebrated global event. This year we
are focusing on celebrating film and film makers in and
around Newport’s communities. If you have made a film
and would like to showcase this to a wider audience
please contact email@example.com. Entries
are welcome from individuals as well as groups and the
deadline for submissions is Friday 30 January. There will
also be a World Community Arts Exhibition taking place in
our Gallery and Basement in February (please see page 36
for more information).
Dathliad byd-eang o’r Celfyddydau drwy’r byd yn grwn ydi
Diwrnod Celfyddydau Cymunedol y Byd a dyma’r wythfed
flwyddyn i ni gymryd rhan yn y digwyddiad byd-eang
enwog yma. Eleni rydym yn canolbwyntio ar ddathlu ffilm
a gwneuthurwyr ffilmiau yng nghymunedau Casnewydd
a’i chyffiniau. Os ydych chi wedi gwneud ffilm ac am ei
dangos i gynulleidfa ehangach cysylltwch â sally-anne.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Mae croeso i gynigion gan
unigolion yn ogystal â ffilmiau grŵp neu gymunedol a’r
dyddiau cau i gynigion ydi dydd Gwener 30 Ionawr.
INVITATION 8th World Community Arts Day
World Community Arts Day 17/02/15
” ART AS A CATALYST FOR CARING AND SHARING”
To create a World Festival Society for a day.
” We can either react in fear or anger to the state of our world thus becoming part of the problem or respond creatively and become part of the solution.”
You are invited to be part of a global celebration on 17/02/15.
All we ask of you on that day is to do an arts project, however small or big. Be creative about an issue that you believe promotes “caring and sharing”. Song, dance, theatre, draw, paint, write, make, poem, photogragh, lecture, walk, tour, talk, art class anyway that you feel you are creative!
The first years have seen WCAD grow from a celebration of Reg Bolton to a global event. All we ask of you on that day is to do an arts project, however small or large to mark this day. If you can mark the event on your website in the build up to it that would be great to. It is going to be our biggest yet.
PLEASE GO TO WEBPAGE TO SEE EXAMPLES OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN PREVIOUS YEARS
PLEASE PASS ON.
On 21st 2014 March a sculpture to celebrate the contribution of Helen Crummy and the Women of Craigmillar was presented to the world.
The sculpture by Tim Chalk, celebrates the famous story of Helen’s desire for her eldest son to learn to play the violin. Which gave birth to The Craigmillar Festival Society. Which has been an inspiration for many projects worldwide.
On the 17th February 2014, I decided to put together a workshop to celebrate World Community Arts Day for students of Central School of Speech and Drama. As the future of drama leaders and artists, I believe that we should take the opportunity to come together and share our skills and ideas in hope that it continues to build the community network within our school.
To celebrate World Community Arts Day 2014, we have been asking people to tell us their Mysteries. In exchange we gave them a little pot of Mystery seeds as a thank you. We are going to use these as inspiration and starting points for creative writing projects which we will be running over the next 12 months with various community groups. Many thanks to Tesco for allowing us to hold the event in their store and a very big thank you to all of the people who shared their mysteries with us.
Brilliant WCAD at Rawlins in Quorn today! All 100 people with tickets turned up plus 26 volunteers running 8 workshops. My favourite day of art of the year!
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