„Brechtfestival Best of Poetry Slam“-english

A bad time for poetry? (Brecht)

>> Parktheater im Kurhaus Göggingen
>> live & digital: Thursday, 24.2.2022, 8 p.m.
>> Tickets (live) & Ticktes (digital)
On the contrary. A poetry slam evening is the best time for poetry. And storytelling. And rap poetry. And comedy. And every other form of performed literature which goes straight from the stage to the ear. For the Brecht Special, four of the best poetry slammers in the German-speaking world have been invited to Augsburg: Meral Ziegler, Aidin Halimi, Luca Swieter and Samuel Kramer. In the best-of format, they don’t just have the usual five minutes, but ten, to make the audience laugh, cry or marvel with their words. At one of the events, the prize-winning slammers are given the task of referencing Brecht’s Svendborg poems in their own style. The singer-songwriter duo Mackefisch (Lucie Mackert and Peter Fischer), who have also won prizes, will frame the evening with their “Liederpoetrykabarettwahnsin” (songs, poetry, cabaret, madness). Graphic recorder and comic artist Lisa Frühbeis allows her images to speak rather than words, and visualises the poets’ words live and on location. The show will be hosted by Johannes Elster, who will prepare a red carpet of wit and appreciation for all the artists* to welcome them on stage at the Parktheater and link the multi-layered elements of the evening together. Special guests: the audience, who can decide who wins the poetry competition with their applause.


Meral Ziegler, Aidin Halimi, Luca Swieter, Samuel Kramer, Makefisch, Lisa Frühbeis, Johannes Elster, aka Hanz.

curated by:

Meike Harms


Johanna Krauel (links oben)
Sandra Wildemann (links unten)
Matthias Stehr (rechts oben)

Biographies of the contributors:

Johannes Elster, aka Hanz (Stuttgart)

Hanz is a presenter and slam poet from the Stuttgart area and feels at home on poetry slam stages between Sylt and Vienna, Görlitz and Bern. His repertoire includes poetry slams, science slams, PowerPoint karaoke and much more. When he’s not presenting, he wins slams – he already has more than 150 titles under his belt, including runner-up at the Baden-Württemberg poetry slam in 2010 and 2015.


Meral Ziegler (Konstanz)

Meral Ziegler is a spoken word artist, writer, workshop leader and art student who lives in Düsseldorf. Meral Ziegler has been performing on spoken word stages throughout the German-speaking world for more than ten years. She speaks with complete honesty about the things that everyday citizens consider to be socially-relevant topics. In 2015, she published the young persons’ book “Feier dich!” (Celebrate Yourself) in the youth literature series #textgold with the Oetinger publishing group. Further anthology- and article publications have followed. Ziegler has appeared at and worked for the Goethe Institute Paris and Luxembourg, Arte, ZDF_kultur, 3Sat, MDR, Amnesty International and the Mercator Foundation. In 2017, the city of Konstanz awarded Ziegler the “Young Art!” sponsorship prize in the category of literature and writing: “As a performer of her texts, she captivates her audience, touches the emotions, provokes and entertains.” https://meralziegler.de/


Luca Swieter (Cologne)

Luca Swieter first got to know about the world of poetry slam at the tender age of 15 through a workshop at her school, and has been performing regularly on stage since 2013. And she has a decisive quality: she is very funny. Luca Swieter knows how to set the hall on fire with her punchlines. The NDR Comedy Contest also found out, and invited her to perform at the Knust in Hamburg in 2018. She also maintains a strong interest in poetry, however. In addition to her passion for stories, Luca is an accomplished creator of rhymes. Those looking for offbeat humour and who enjoy sophisticated cascades of language will find this in the Cologne-based actress and her likeable stage presence. With her words, she addresses socially critical and feminist topics on the one hand and is able to tease out the most comical and absurd insights from everyday life on the other. Her work has been published in several anthologies, including that of the Deutscher Theaterverlag. https://slampool.de/kuenstler/luca-swieter/


Aidin Halimi (Berlin)

Aidin Halimi was born in 1981 and grew up in Iran. He emigrated to Germany at the age of 16. After completing high school, he spent 3 years in Wolfsburg, where he trained as a nursing assistant. He has been based in Berlin since 2008. He then studied German literature and history at the Humboldt University in Berlin, before spending four years teaching German to refugees at the SPI (The “Karl May” Social Institute for Education). He has performed as a poetry slammer throughout Germany since 2015 and has been a member of the Couchpoetos reading stage in Berlin since December 2016.


Samuel Kramer (Frankfurt)

Samuel Kramer is a writer, performer, presenter and activist. He lives and works in Offenbach and Frankfurt am Main. He has been performing on international stages since 2012. At the age of just 20, he won the Hessian Poetry Slam Championship as the youngest winner ever, having previously been the u20 champion three years earlier. He has published anthologies such as “Poetry for Future. 45 Texte für Übermorgen” (Poetry for Future. 45 Texts for the Day After Tomorrow) as well as many other texts in magazines and on the internet. He also collaborates with projects such as the development of the poetry livestream format “close”, which is unique in the German-speaking world. Kramer, who is also a student of philosophy and an environmental activist, is currently working on the short film “pause”, is the co-author of the “Hausacher Protokoll” (Hausach Protocol), was awarded the Wortmeldungen-Förderpreis for “Nichts an einem Waldbrand ist unsichtbar” (Nothing about a forest fire is invisible), and recently won the poetry prize at the 29th open mike.

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