Poetry slam is a competition in spoken word. And spoken word is oral literature. And a lot more + a little bit extra.
Poetry slams have been organized in Denmark since 1998, originally intiated by the Danish poet Janus Kodal. You can find info on the current organizers and venues below.
Peter Dyreborg & Co.
Peter Dyreborg & Co. is the largest and longest running organizer in Denmark. He runs monthly poetry slams and spoken word shows at The Royal Danish Theatre’s playhouse (in Danish: Skuespilhuset) in Copenhagen as well as in Valby (a borough of Copenhagen) at Valby Culture House (in Danish: Valby Kulturhus). Apart from this, he also does special events and showcases in other parts of the country, for instance at Sønderborghus in Sønderborg. Most of these shows and events are in Danish and with Danish speaking performers, although, once in a while, feature performers from other countries perform as well.
At Valby Culture House, however, we have Expat Poetry Slam four times a year. These events are 100% English speaking shows, set up for expats and repats as well as for tourists and local Danes – basically, everyone who wants to enjoy English speaking shows. These shows feature both Danish performers, other performers who live in Denmark as well as performers traveling here from other countries.
You can get more info in English at the current website or in Danish at www.PoetrySlamKBH.dk
Other poetry slam organizers in Denmark
The organizers listed below can all be contacted via Facebook.
CopenOpen have poetry slams in Copenhagen, PS Fyn have poetry slams in Odense and Svendborg, HAPS have poetry slams in Aarhus, and Slamfrø have poetry slam in Aalborg.
Danish National Championship
Each year the different organizers of poetry slam in Denmark work together on coordinating the Danish National Championship in poetry slam. The winner goes to perform at the world cup in France, and at other international events.
The Nordic Countries
Peter Dyreborg & Co. have numerous collaboration projects with organizers in other countries, especially the Nordic Countries and Germany. If you want to know more and/or need details on the other organizers, you can always contact us by e-mail.
Poetry slam started around the mid90s and has been big for many years. Today there are regular poetry slams and spoken word events in various cities all over Sweden as well as an annual National Championship. More info at www.estradpoesi.com
The last couple of years poetry slam has been growing in Norway, and today there are poetry slams in several cities. There has been an annual National Championship since 2005. More info at www.poesislam.no
Poetry slam has been around since 1999. There are regular poetry slams in Helsinki and a couple of other cities, and each year a National Championship in poetry slam. More info at www.runokukko.blogspot.fi
Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland
To our knowledge there is no steady-going poetry slam scene on the Faroe Islands and in Greenland, but single poetry slam events have been held. In Iceland we have local contacts who are working to establish a poetry slam venue in Reykjavik.
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