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Poetry slam sees people turned away from Wellington venue

Aug 24th, 2016 | By | Category: Arts/Entertainment, Latest News, News

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Olivia Hall (Left) a Wellington poet and Carrie Rudzinski (right) mid slam at the Cavern Club.

A form of poetry relatively unknown in New Zealand attracted a sell-out crowd in Wellington last weekend.

The feminist themed poetry slam was held at The Cavern Club, a popular rock and roll themed bar in Wellingtons CBD.

Slam poetry is the performance of original often emotional poetry, which is often judged by the audience or other slam poets.

The Wellington show featured Carrie Rudzinski who was judged 4th best in the world at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and Wellington slam poet, Olivia Hall.

The pair performed two shows in the Capital.

180 people attended the two sellout Wellington shows but Carrie Rudzinski says they were sad to have to turn others away.

“I love performing in Wellington, the audiences are so enthusiastic about poetry,” she says.

However there was a negative reaction to earlier Facebook advertising for the show.

“We got a lot of sexist comments initially through the page and we were shocked,  we didn’t expect that,” she says.

Carrie Rudzinski says that she likes slamming and feels lucky to have competed and to be recognized

“I think it’s cool to be empowered myself and to empower other people with the show,” she says.

Because of the venue the show was restricted to 18 and over but Carrie says she still received messages from her younger fans supporting her.

“They see sexism, they see racism, they see misogyny and they want to address it,” she says.

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Olivia Hall (left) and Carrie Rudzinski (right) captivating their audience with their slam poetry.

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