A Toast to the People: Jay Bernard and Jefferson Tshabalala

Awarded young performers Jay Bernard and Jefferson Tshabalala unleash dynamism in this exciting A Toast to the People offering.

A Toast to the People: Jay Bernard and Jefferson Tshabalala

About A Toast to the People: Jay Bernard and Jefferson Tshabalala

23rd August 2021
8pm
University of Edinburgh
Old College South Bridge, Edinburgh South EH8 9YL
£14
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Join Jay Bernard and Jefferson Tshabalala for an electric night of performance poetry and spoken word in the International Festival’s Old College Quad venue. Expect this spoken word event by two of today’s most exciting young performers to be nothing short of compelling.

Jay Bernard is a writer and inter-disciplinary artist whose rigorous and impactful work is rooted in social history. Their debut collection Surge won the 2017 Ted Hughes Award and they were named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2020. Bernard introduces their specially commissioned work, which will be performed by another performer, before taking part in the event’s discussion session.

This A Toast to the People event brings Bernard together with Jefferson Tshabalala, a South African writer, director, performer and founder/owner of the live arts production house Kiri Pink Nob Arts. Tshabalala merges poetry, hip hop, comedy and traditional dramatic arts to communicate innovative and experimental work that focuses on Black experiences and culture. He is one of the winners of the 2020 Standard Bank Young Artists award, one of South Africa’s most sought-after arts prizes.

A Toast to the People brings together two spoken word artists, each performing their own set of performance poetry that includes a specially commissioned piece inspired by Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson’s ‘A Toast to the People’. Following their sets, the two artists take part in an exclusive discussion about their work and the pervading issues and themes of today.


Venue: Old College Quad - University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

Our Old College Quad outdoor venue is home to our afternoon chamber music series, a session of traditional Scottish music, five nights of inspirational spoken word and unmissable late night cabaret.

Our outdoor venues are covered, but you should come dressed appropriately for the weather, including suitable footwear for walking across grass.

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