SPOKEN WORD WORKSHOP with Checkmate Mido

If you live in Malta, and have an interest in spoken word, whether you are an amateur, storyteller, poet or musician, don’t miss the next Rima Spoken Word Workshop.

Date: 12th to 14th July 2018

Thursday 12 & Friday 13 – 4pm-7pm
Saturday 14 – 10am-1pm

Deadline to apply: 15th June 2018

Venue: Malta Council Voluntary Sector, Melita Street in Valletta

Application form can be filled here: http://www.rimaproject.org/contact


This workshop offers a unique opportunity to refine creative writing skills and explore the techniques of performance poetry, in collaboration with other poets and musicians passionate about contemporary issues such as: migration, exile, home, and community.

Following this 3 days workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to present their work at the week long event ‘Utopian Nights -Inside the Border’, on Saturday the 4th August 2018 at Howard Gardens in Mdina. For more information on Utopian Nights, visit: https://www.facebook.com/utopiannights/

This workshop will be led by Checkmate Mido (the dancing poet), a poet, musician and beatboxer.

We encourage individuals who have experienced some form of exile and migration to apply. The number of participants is limited to 10.  If you would like to participate in this workshop, please fill in this form to provisionally reserve a place, or contact [email protected].

Checkmate Mido (the dancing poet) is a performing artist (Poet/Musician/Beatboxer) and certified trainer of the performance arts. He is widely known for his unique gift of merging art forms together to create an interesting, interactive and engaging performance. Considering himself ‘a carrier of stories’, his work borrows from life, life experiences (his and others’ as

well) which he then collects and creatively weaves together through collaboration and music.

He has co-facilitated a poetry performance workshop in Nairobi with Bassey Ikpi (Def Jam Poetry Star) in 2015 and opened up for global poet/hiphop artist Akua Naru during her 2016 African Tour. His poems and songs have been featured on BBC (Focus on Africa and Arts Hour), Badilisha Poetry and SPOKEN WOR:L:DS (see link https://spokenworlds.bandcamp.com/album/spoken-wor-l-ds-nairobi-berlin).

He is the founder and one third of the band ‘box Of beats’ with which he recorded and released the well received ‘Box of Beats EP’ in 2016.

He is currently in studio working towards an album scheduled for release in November 2018.


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