There are a range of opportunities for poets, authors and storytellers on Thursday & Friday evenings.
Book time "On the Stage" Time to show off or share your talents. Throughout the day people are invited onto the stage to take part in specific topics lead by a range of community members. Each session will have its own flavor depending on the facilitator.
October 5th - 6pm-9pm
Help kick off Illuminations 2023 at Ebsco Hall
Language Lives: Poetry & Spoken Word - Theme: Illuminate
Verse, Spoken Word, Lyric Poetry: No matter the style authors are welcome to stand up with never spoken or published, modern or historic, memorized or notes in hand. Poets and Writers can sign up for a 3, 8, or 15 minute block
Friday, October 6th
Language Lives: Illuminating Stories
Bring characters, plot and transformation to this live storytelling event. Yes, you can bring notes. All blocks will be 5 minutes and arranged by the target audience. (i.e. family friendly stories earlier and adult themes later in the evening)
5:30p - Stories for Children
7:00p - Stories for Students (High School & College)
8:00p - Stories for Adults
This Art & Authoring Festival is open to established and emerging writers and artists. Students young and seasoned are encouraged to take part in the event and the event planning.
Book Time on the Stage at Ebsco Hall
Join us for two enchanting evenings of live performances to help kick off Illuminations, a celebration of the visual and literary arts in northeastern Massachusetts. This festival offers a unique opportunity for artists, authors, and the community to come together and revel in the magic of creativity.
📅 Thursday, October 5th | 6-9 PM
Language Lives: Poetry & Spoken Word
Embrace the power of words in verse, spoken word, and lyric poetry. Authors, this is your moment to shine! Whether your words have never been spoken or published, are modern or historic, you're invited to take the stage. Share your work, be it memorized or with notes in hand. Poets and writers, sign up for a short block to present a single short poem, or mesmerize the audience with up to 15 minutes of your lyrical artistry.
📅 Friday, October 6th | 6-9 PM
Language Lives: Illuminating Stories
Transport the audience into the realms of your imagination! Bring characters to life, weave intricate plots, and share tales of transformation. Yes, you can bring your notes to ensure your story captivates. All performance blocks will be 5 minutes in length and thoughtfully arranged to cater to different target audiences—family-friendly stories earlier and more mature themes later in the evening.
Ebsco Hall - Peatfield Street, Ipswich
Just steps from the Commuter Rail - Newburyport Line - Ipswich
📅 Saturday and Sunday, October 7th-8th | 11 AM - 6 PM
Throughout the day, we invite individuals to take the stage and engage with specific topics led by our diverse community members. Each session promises a unique flavor, guided by the facilitator's expertise and passion. Whether you're an artist, writer, teacher, poet, or storyteller, this is your opportunity to shine and inspire others.
Experience the vibrant pulse of the Language Lives Festival by booking your time "On the Stage." This is your opportunity to step into the limelight, connect with the community, and share your passion, insights, and talents with a captivated audience.
To make this event a success we will need a range of people willing to spearhead parts of the festival. We will also need volunteers, performers, authors and artists from throughout the area.
We look forward to building a schedule of exciting and interesting workshops with a range of readers, writers and artists.