#100TPC – Something more than just [poetry] conference

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Well, 10 days since I returned from the first world conference organized by the global movement 100 Thousand Poets for Change and as the days are passing by more and more memories of beautiful moments from there are crossing trough my mind.

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Italy. It is always good to visit Italy. Although I have been several times, and the reason has always been art and Italy as one of the oldest civilizations in Europe shows that it can constantly be Medina of culture, and in this case a great country hosting the first world conference of the global movement “100 Thousand Poets for a change.” This case was special, not just because it is summer and not only because in summer the sea is beautiful. This time the cause of this trip was to be a special participation in the conference which certainly change my life. You may ask yourself how? In many ways, of course.

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First of all because the conference was an event that was organized for the very first time and I had the opportunity to meet many of the organizers around the world who create their own movement, its own events in their own countries and cities, which are part of the mission and the main purpose, aim of this unification and world poetry networking. This space would be small to share with you all the impressions of the trip, but it is important to emphasize that this movement and the people that are involved in it have demonstrated continuity of the mission and demonstrated his enduring goal: awakening of civilization for all separate problems coming from certain parts of the Earth. It is a wonderful feeling to meet poets, writers, artists and activists from many parts of the planet, the range is colorful, great respect for the representatives from Ghana, Nigeria, Mexico, India, Egypt, Australia, many parts of America, Europe, Africa and Asia but also a great sadness to learn about those who could not be present, could not attend because of their visa problems – a topic that was one of the most important of the conference, ie the right for free movement for all the people in the world.

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Being part of an event where you totally recognized your function and somehow you show your place in the society circle is “in small hand” (at least) creative and inspiring, but as well motivating, because I had the opportunity to speak about the problems that are facing our country and being heard from many who empathized and have the power of thought to stepping forward and face their environment with problems that are not (in) away from them. Talks with like-minded people are always welcome, and this time I had the opportunity to hear the problems of the others, at the same time to help in solving them with my opinion, similar experience or knowledge.

Roundtables, debates, screenings, performances, poetry readings, learning about the environment, visits to major (historical) places, tours, the whole plethora of activities have made this conference important for each participant and representative of their local activities related to the main mission of this movement.

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It is unique ability and desire to enter the core of the most important problems we are facing, that hurt us, to reach deeper to the basics of problem solving, to locate the essential tools and techniques that can solve some scars that we make as civilization, yes, to touch the heart of another, to recognize a friend, to store the new, valuable friendship and to seed hope that this is just the beginning. That’s what this movement has provided and for which we all care.

So much love, so much understanding, coexistence, mutual laughter, joy, singing, dancing, glee, celebrating poetry and word – so much beauty in one place. Salerno – warm piece on Earth with excellent hosts and organizers, with outstanding people and friends.

I wish this lasts longer, or to be able to bear more books at home, to be able to hear much more of the poetry that was read. I’d love to have more time to dedicate to everyone individually, to spend more time with everyone so I could meet with everyone personally, but for sure we create a bridge of friendship, we plant joy and we grow love.

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The voice of the poet may be suppressed by the roar of the crowd, but there is also the unique opportunity to be a force that will flood the crowd with truth. The truth that comes with the lyrics will never be in crisis, poetry always finds the right readers, while using the reflection of the poet’s life we grab the opportunity to recognize the whole big picture, the one that anyone can see as mirror of the (inner) world. “Prose expresses what (how) it is; and poetry what (how) should it be.” The poet perhaps have no force to solve the problems that plague the world, but for sure can write the road-map to address them!

Till the next time friends, it was a great pleasure to be part of this conference! ❤

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September 29, 2012 marks the second annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change #100Tpc

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Second Annual Worldwide Event

Includes Musicians and Poets Striving for Global Change

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This Year’s 100 Thousand Poets for Change Adds Musicians;

600 Events Planned in More Than 110 Countries

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Santa Rosa, Calif. (July XX, 2012) – September 29, 2012 marks the second annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change, an event that brings poets, artists and musicians (new this year) around the world together to call for environmental, social, and political change. Voices will be heard globally through concerts, readings, workshops, flash mobs and demonstrations that each focus on their specific area of concern, within the framework of peace and sustainability, such as war, ecocide, racism and censorship.

“Peace and sustainability is a major concern worldwide, and the guiding principle for this global event,” said Michael Rothenberg, Co-Founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. “It’s amazing to see how many people have joined in around the world to speak out for causes they believe in, and to see so much heart and creativity expressed in their diverse approaches to this event.”

Participants are hoping, through their actions and events, to seize and redirect the political and social dialogue of the day and turn the narrative of civilization towards peace and sustainability. Those that want to get involved can visit www.100tpc.com to find or plan an event near them.

“This grass roots movement has arisen largely due to the impact of social media,” said Co-Founder Terri Carrion. “We’re really excited about the events we’ve got planned this year.”

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There are hundreds of activities planned in the United States alone, including:

  • ·A blues festival in New Orleans to help raise funds for medical care for aging musicians
  • ·A concert of Tibetan music and poetry hosted by 100 TPC Free Tibet in Pasadena
  • ·A concert in Nashville’s Centennial Park featuring major local musicians
  • ·An Occupy Wall Street poetry group will kickoff a weekend of events in New York City
  • ·An all day festival with multiple stages and over 50 poetry readings hosted by Beyond Baroque Cultural Center in Los Angeles
  • ·A three-day event in Santa Rosa (near San Francisco) that will live-stream events from around the world and feature live poetry readings, workshops and various styles of music and dance including hip hop, flamenco, African drums, reggae and more (more info in the “What Else” section below)
  • ·A 2 months (August & September) warm up readings all around Macedonia, covered cities as Tetovo, Kumanovo, Skopje, Shtip, Bitola.. and many more. Video poetry, acoustic music with readings, and the main event on 29 September, 2012 that will took place in Strumica [as last year] with workshops, projections, promotions and official poetry presentations with most of the important poets in the Macedonian nowadays, or lets say in the contemporary literature history in Macedonia.

Poetry and peace gatherings are also planned in strife-torn countries like Syria and Afghanistan as well. In Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt, poets, musicians and mimes will perform in public spaces and theaters. In Kingston, Jamaica an entire week of concerts, spoken word performances, lectures and workshops will address literacy issues in the country.

100 Thousand Poets for Change began in Sonoma County, Calif. The headquarters’ event will take place at the Arlene Francis Center in downtown Santa Rosa and will feature live poetry readings, workshops and various styles of music and dance including hip hop, flamenco, African drums, reggae and more. The event will also live-stream other 100 Thousand Poets for Change events worldwide and is sponsored by the Peace & Justice Center and Sonoma County Arts Council.

Immediately following September 29th, all documentation on the 100TPC.org website will be preserved by Stanford University in California, which recognized 100 Thousand Poets for Change in 2011 as an historical event, the largest poetry reading in history. They will continue to archive the complete contents of the website, 100TPC.org, as part of their digital archiving program LOCKSS.

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About 100 Thousand Poets for Change

Co-Founder Michael Rothenberg (walterblue@bigbridge.org) is a widely known poet, editor of the online literary magazine Bigbridge.org and an environmental activist based in Northern California. Co-Founder Terri Carrion is a poet, translator, photographer, and editor and visual designer for BigBridge.org

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100 Thousand Poets for Change

P.O. Box 870

Guerneville, Ca 95446

Phone: 305-753-4569

www.100TPC.org

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.happy Diwali [ दीपावली ]

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۞ happy diwali _put some light in ur darkness = ☼

We all live difficult life and very often we’re trap in situation that produce in Us in general negative energy. There are thousands of diversity problems that comes up in every single life and try to put the people in big depressions, isolation even illness.
In India one of d oldest if not d older civilizations in d world d citizens celebrate „Diwali“ that is day when all of them visit the temples and light a candle for their good in more levels. Their believes are that d divine light of Diwali will spread into ur life peace, prosperity, happiness, loads of wealth and good health.

In wikipedia for Diwali we can find that is popularly known as the “festival of lights”, is celebrated between mid-October and mid-November for different reasons. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, where the third days is celebrated as the main Diwali festival or ‘Festival of lights’. Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always associated with this festival. On this auspicious day, people light up diyas and candles all around their house.

The name “Diwali” is a contraction of “Deepavali” (दीपावली Dīpāvalī), which translates into “row of lamps”. They filled d candles with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. he festival od Diwali is never complete without exchange of gifts. People present diwali gifts to all near and dear ones. Giving gifts has always been an important ritual of the festival of Dipavali. As is customary, Divali gifts are an acknowledgement of love and affection that we give to our loved ones. After Dipavali Pujan and before lighting the crackers, gifts are exchanged among friends, acquaintances and family. Everyone competes for the best or the most number of gifts.

The exact day of the festival is decided by the position of the moon. According to the Hindu calendar, Amavasya or ‘no moon day’ is considered as the perfect day to celebrate Diwali. This dark night comes after every fortnight and in the month of Kartik, it marks this festival of lights and diyas. As per the regular European calendar, the festival generally comes in the month of November and December. For all Hindu people, the festival holds an imperative meaning since the festival is reckoned with Lord Rama’s victory as the King of Ayodhya after his return to the kingdom from 14 years of exile along with his wife Sita & brother Laxman after killing the demon, King Ravana. The festival is celebrated by lighting diyas and candles to drive away the darkness of Amavasya.

As a follower of  d Hindu path I made small celebration in my house also. With Diwali  bhajan for less then minute my house become a small warm Krishna temple. ..I made few cards, there were some cookies from India, bit of candles and nag champa incense .. It’s not my first time to make some ceremony for Hindu holidays.. but this one was the first that helps me to rebuild my small temple after I return from France.

.. so, happy Diwali dear readers, let this big spiritual holiday brings more light, happiness, balance, harmony, love, prosperity and health in all of Us pure cosmic souls & peace in this warm & light planet.  if u don’t believe me, wait till d morning when u see d sunrise.. maybe there will be no lotus flowers but use ur imagination for creating beautiful reality.

DOKUFEST 2008

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Пред некој ден дојдов за првпат во северозападниот нов сосед Косово по отворената покана од пријатели од Призрен да присуствувам на седмото издание на фестивалот за документарни филмофи dokufest. Пристигнав на време за отварањето на фестивалот на кое збор зеде и премиерот на Република Косово Хасим Тачи мислам. Ми беше интересно да го видам на некои пет метра од мене затоа што до тогаш го имав гледано само на euronews и на националните телевизии, а за него имав впечаток дека е добар политичар кој успеа од Косово да направи држава и тоа го гледам како резултат сега. Само што заврши официјалниот дел од отварањето на фестивалот почна проекцијаа на првиот филм кој беше идеален за отварање на еден ваков голем фестивал. Филмот баш документарен и баш сериозно направен, а еден од карактерите во филмот Nora Jones, приватно зборува за некој нејзин другар што е главен лик во документарецот и преживува мозочен слом или нешто такво. Заврши филмот и отидовме во еден клуб каде требаше да се одржи забавата за сите гости на фестивалот. Пијана забава.
Другиот ден утринско кафе пред клубот Deep што за мене е одлична идеја затоа што сите учесници се појавуваат тука и се обидуваат да направат мрежа на комуникација, што во принцип и не е толко тешко. Кога се работи за луге што се занимаваат со филм и филска уметност комуникацијата не претставува проблем. (незнам о што е работата дали во сонцето, музиката, кафето, водата или…)
Кафето и не само утринско туку и попладневно завршува со тоа што јас отидов да гледам некои филмови и успеав да видам пет од оние што се на програмата преку ден. Некои од филмовите беа доста добри.
Вечета на програмата имаше многу добар видео перформанс (да појаснам: црно-бел филм без текст т.е. со малку текст и музика која двајца браќа близнаци ја правеа во живо). Филмот беше навистина добар, главниот протагонист извонредно актерско мајсторство, а музиката на моменти правеше луѓето да произведуваат индивидуални халуцинации. Едно момче од публиката некаде на половина филм дојде и ми призна дека имал халуцинации од музиката и од филмот.Незнам дали да му верувам, јас немав.
Забава пред Deep повторно. Повторно пијано, лудо незаборавно.
Трет ден. Утринско кафе И КОКА КОЛА повторно на истото место. Пријатели од Хрватска кои спијат во хотелот каде што спијам и јас ме придружуваат. Забавни луге. Се обидуваме да смислиме некоја активност која би можеле да ја спроведеме. Решение – еко акција по рекаа во Призрен од таму кај што почнува доку кампот се до влезот во Призрен.

Јас не отидов, мислам дека е доволно тоа што учествував во креирањето на целата активност. Бев повторно на проекција на филм кој требаше да биде добар , а мене лични не ми остави некој впечаток. Имаше еден карактер кој се обидуваше да се излечи од болест на зависност или од зависност од КОКАИН. Ем му одеше тешко ем и не е лесно да се излечиш. Плус и да успееш добро да го прикажеш тоа на платно – филмско. Можеби не ми се допадна затоа што не успеав да го загледам филмот од почеток, туку некаде од половина почнав да го гледам. Програмата на фестивалот е доста глема и збиена и секогаш е тешко да одлучиш во кој простор да одиш и кој од филмовите на програмата да ги гледаш. Wall as a Screen беше следното нешто што го посетив на програмата. Идејата на овие проекции беше да се проектираат седум филмови на седум разлишни локации во градот и така да се запознае и градот како и да се направи целина од сите филмови. Ми се допадна брзината и умешноста на тимот за саат и триесет минути да го просетаме половина Призрен и на најчудните и најтемни места да ги изгледаме проекциите. Пред Deep again обид за drum & bass забава ама и не толку успешна иако имаше луѓе повеќе од вообичаено. Полека полека забавата повторно стана луда и незаборавна. И пијана секако.

Макијато и кока кола и на четвртото утро пред Deep. Запознав некој режисер од Албанија кој има интернационален документарен филм, се договоривме да добијам копија од неговиот филм да можам да го гледам и да дискутираме по прашањето на неговиот филм.


Tiny Noise Festival

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Пред некое време се случи Tiny Noise Festival во театар Центар во Скопје.
Како дел од артистите кои настапија , настапив и јас со мој експериментален Dj сет. Пуштав музика некаде околу час и триесет минути. интересно беше тоа што на почетокот на мојот сет дојде еден од одговорните во театарот Центар и ми кажа дека нешто не е ОК со звукот и се обидов да му кажам дека според мене се е во ред. Но во следниот момент тој веќе го имаше извадено пинот за звукот од мојот лап топ и веќе музиката не се слушаше. Во овој момент незнаев што да правам – дали да седам (стојам) до овој човек и да го слушам дали требало ова вака или онака или да станам и да се вратам на масата на која седев пред да почнам. Ја искористив втората опција и си седнав на масата на која ме придружуваа Ивана, Марјан и Жане.
Пиев пиво и на моменти мислев дека ми е сеедно дали ќе продолжам да пуштам музика или после измислениот технички проблем ќе се вратам и ќе го завршам мојот сет. Дојде Kyd организаторката на овој фестивал и ми рече дека типот и пред тоа на пробите го правел истото и ми рече да не се нервирам туку да оставам некое време “као” да го среди проблемот и да се вратам и да продолжам да пуштам музика. Така и направив после десетина минути се беше во ред се вратив на големата сцена која е предвидена за изведба на театарски претстави, а не за диџејски настапи и го завршив сетот. Освен мене настапија уште неколку артисти меѓу кои Kyd & ////, Justice… Повеќе за line up-от може да се види на www.tinynoise.com , a има и некои фотографии на picasaweb/Not That Kyd.
Како и да е во суштина имаше добар настан и останатите артисти беа добри и се ќе се завршеше добро ако не се појавеше полицијата и не ја заврши журката околу 11:30 часот што значи половина час порано од предвиденото.

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