The third edition of the international slam poetry event that starts today seeks to present culture as an alternative pathway to peace and national unity
Buea and Yaounde begin vibrating to the third edition of the international slam festival « Slameroun » which runs from June 24-27.
Focus on this year’s edition will be on messages to promote peace in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon.
“Through a series of activities including concerts, debates, writing workshops, film screenings and the Slam National competition, we will equally be putting a spotlight on the situation in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon. We want to give hope to all our brothers through touching words and verses,” Baana Enono, the director of the Slameroun festival said.
In Yaounde, the Blackitude museum will play host to the various conferences and debates under the theme “Youth and radicalization in the North West and South West Regions”.
In Buea, the Alliance Française and the University of Buea will host a conference under the theme “Solutions to the problems in the North West and South West Regions”.
According to the organisers, the two conferences are also aimed to help understand why youth find themselves in a process of radicalization but equally look at preventive methods. It will equally consider a cultural approach to stability and sustainable social cohesion in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon.
Another highlight of the competition will be the national slam competition which takes place today at the Blackitude Museum in Buea.
More than 100 slam texts have already been received from candidates across the ten regions of the country.
To celebrate this performing art in verse and rhythmic prose, several international slammers will be present in Yaoundé and Buea to offer the public a waltz of words during shows scheduled for this occasion.
Among them are FatineMoubsit from Morocco, Philip Meersman from Belgium, Kikete from Kenya, MeriemBouraoui from Algeria as well as a strong Nigerian delegation made up of Bash Amuneni, Jamila Abbas, Paul Tony and Augusta Imomon.
They will be joined by other home-based slammers for the occasion. "It will be an opportunity to flourish, and to express with joy, their fury for life and their creativity. Free in their capacity to innovate, their daring to invent,"said Baana Enono.
While culture is not always sufficiently exploited as a means of consolidating peace and living together, the organizers of this international Slam poetry event, will have the opportunity to demonstrate that in the face of difficulties "culture is also the solution.”