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13 Jan 2024 to 3 Mar 2024
15 Feb 2024 to 5 May 2024
10 May 2024 to 16 Jun 2024
Friday, September 22, 2017 to Saturday, September 23, 2017
The Junction
Alserkal Avenue
Al Quoz
United Arab Emirates
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Short+Sweet Poetry Dubai

Short+Sweet Dubai is an amazing year long programme of festivals to be held at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz.


FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: Dhruti Shah D'souza

The first ever Short+Sweet Poetry will be held at the home of Short+Sweet in Dubai, The Junction in Alserkal Avenue Al Quoz, on September 22 & 23, 2017.

The focus of Short+Sweet poetry is the spoken word. All other distractions are removed so that the audience and judges can focus on the words and delivery.

+ Short+Sweet Poetry is performed on a bare stage in a simple pool of light. A lectern or chair can be provided if the poet requires one. No lighting changes, sound FX or projections of any kind are permitted.

+ All poems must be the work of the poet/s and read by the poet/s. There will be three age categories – 12 and under, 13-18 and Open. There is no age limit to participation but the poet must read their own work.

+ Poems may be performed in either Arabic, English, Hindi or Urdu.

+ The poet may read any number of poems but their total stage time must not exceed 5 minutes. The time limit is strictly applied and those who go over 5 minutes are disqualified.

+ Poems must not have been presented at Short+Sweet Poetry Dubai previously.

+ Each heat will have around ten poets reading.

+ A designated number of poets will be selected from each heat by audience and judge’s voting to take place in the Gala Finals of Short+Sweet Poetry. The Festival Director (Dhruti Shah D'souza) may also chose to add additional finalist as the Festival Director’s choice.

+ The following awards will be presented to the winners at the end of the Gala Finals: Best Poet English, Best Poet Arabic, Best Poet Hindi, Best Poet Urdu, Best Poet - Audience’s Choice, Best Poem, Best Poetry Performance, Festival Director's Choice (optional) - in all three categories.

To register for Short+Sweet Poetry please click here 

For more information email us on shortsweetdubai@gmail.com 

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Welcome to Short+Sweet - a more creative world ten minutes at a time! Please register here for Short+Sweet Poetry Dubai on September 22 & 23, 2017 hosted by The Junction.


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