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Boundless & Bare the Sunshine Tantrum Tour 2019

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Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

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Presented by Boundless & Bare the Sunshine Tantrum Tour 2019, a national tour for spoken word artists, takes place July 14th + 19th in Dublin, Waterford, Cork, and Galway.

Featuring artists from Dublin, Waterford, Wicklow, Cork and Glasgow; collaborating with collectives WeAreGriot, Modwords, and Angry Mom Collective this spoken word national tour will produce four shows in Dublin, Waterford, Cork, and Galway. There will be opportunities in Waterford, Cork, and Galway to perform in an Open-Mic segment for local artists.

Showcasing the talents of emerging and established performers across the island of Ireland to promote the art of spoken word to new audiences and communities, promoting poetry in a non-traditional fashion with elements of theatre, comedy and storytelling.

The shows are produced with the sole purpose to be enjoyed by everyone. Spoken word is fast becoming a popular art form and an important medium of expression across generations and backgrounds. The destinations for the 2019 Sunshine Tantrum Tour were selected to boost the imagination and skills of the Irish community of artists, and to push the boundaries for what spoken word can be.


Modwordsfest  | Waterford  | 14th July

Ireland’s Newest Spoken Word Festival, Modwordsfest directed by Waterford writer and poet Anna Jordan will be the first stop for The Sunshine Tantrum Tour. Four performers will take share their spoken word to audiences in Geoff’s on July 14th. Line-up on the day will feature artists: Ciaran Callan a Dublin-based spoken word artist and improv musical comedian; writer, performer and freelance creative producer Niamh O’Beirne from Dublin and Glasgow based artists Bibi June & Ross McFarlane who will put on their newest spoken word theatre show ‘Make/Shift’. A show which deals with found family and the socio-economic struggles of a generation that was promised the universe, but was gifted a broken world. The two are currently touring ‘Make/Shift’ throughout the UK & Ireland.

Angry Mom Collective | Cork  | 14th July

Angry Mom Collective (AMC) is a Cork-based collective that has come together in an effort to raise awareness of and put an end to gender divide in the music and art industries.

Shirley from AMC: “Our aim is to help female and non-binary artists and musicians to produce their art in an accepting and non-judgemental atmosphere. As a collective, we are very excited to be collaborating with Boundless & Bare for The Sunshine Tantrum Tour in Cork. We’re really looking forward in seeing a mixture of talent from outside of Cork and giving our Cork pals a chance to share their work as this is our first venture into spoken word events”

The show taking place in plugd in Cork City will host a night of spoken word and comedy with artists based in Dublin and Waterford: Californian spoken word Raven, powerhouse Sasha Terfous, and Therese Cahill, Ireland’s first female “limp-up” comic; with a second installment of the ‘Make/Shift’ tour by Glasgow artists Bibi June and Ross McFarlane.

Talkatives | Dublin  | 14th July

Think Hip-Hop cypher meets poetry slam. Think Def Jam Poetry meets Rap battle. A new event in Dublin created by WeAreGriot in collaboration with Slight Motif and Boundless & Bare. On Sunday, July 14th, four rappers and five poets will compete in a classic poetry slam style competition where all slam rules apply: no music, no props, no reading, with all content being original. Featured poets are: Samuel Yakura, Lizzy Byrne, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Trudie Gorman, and Brian McMahon Gallagher. Featured rappers are: ARI.NOIR, King David, Kestine, and UPPBEAT (Finn Costelloe)

The contestants will be judged based on their flow, their content and their performance on the night. The judges are Femi Falana from Slight Motif and Melanie O’Donovan CCO of Boundless & Bare with a special guest judge plus a selected judge from the audience. The winner will take home a cash prize of €150 and the title of the champion of the first ever Talkatives event.

The Róisín Dubh | Galway  | 19th July

On the 19th July in the Róisín Dubh the tour ends with four artists who are making waves in the spoken word scene at present. The night will feature Waterford musician, songwriter, poet and radio presenter Tadgh Williams; Tari Takavarasha a coder and spoken word poet based in Dublin; award-winning spoken-word “artivist” and filmmaker from Waterford Alana Daly Mulligan, and  poet turned comedian hailing from Bray Sorcha Doyle.

Boundless & Bare is Ireland’s first spoken word agency co-founded by Melissa Ridge and Melanie O’Donovan. It was set up in January 2018 with the goal of raising the profile of spoken word in Ireland and creating opportunities for artists and support for events. It is the publisher of BND Magazine, Ireland’s first and only spoken word magazine. Issue 1 went to print in February 2019 where the first run sold out in 36 hours.

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