An evening of Performance Poetry on Hikikomori (loneliness), Archival Activism and Sexual Objectification.

A dynamic and thought provoking evening of Spoken Word and Performance Poetry hitchhiking through the themes of The Hikikomori (loneliness), Archival Activism (heritage and identity) and Sexual Objectification.

As part of the #CHC Art for Social Change festival What’s the Agenda, performance poets were invited to creatively respond to all or one of the above themes via Ideas Tap.  Drawing on personal experience or using the media as a stimulus, 39 artists submitted a poem for a chance to perform and share their views on the topics. Eight poets were chosen (very difficultly) to provide an eclectic evening of Spoken Word performance.

Zia Ahmed headlined after performances from Liv Barnes, Conan the Librarian, Rebecca Batala, Suriya Aisha,  Elaine Stabler and Sarah Hirsch.

The event provided the perfect opening to the DB84 (Debate for social change) live panel that explored the themes in more detail through an open Q&A session with an audience.


Jodi Ann Bickley; Author of One Million Lovely Letters.
Zia Ahmed; Performance Poet and Roundhouse Slam winner
Immi Kaur; Co Founder @Hub_Birmingham |@CivicSystemsLab / Hub Engine with @infostructure00 | @TheCivicFoundry |@FutureShift_cc | Curator @TEDxBrum |
Vanley Burke; Photographer and Artist.