An Ode to Our Town: Brigitte Aphrodite

An ode; a love poem, a spoken-word vignette to Margate’s sights to see, cultural places, sung and unsung heroes – a beautiful fun tapestry adding to the rich history of works about Thanet! Favourite hidden haunts, surprising meet up places, characters, cafes, independent shops. Painting an in-depth, truthful, joyful poetry picture of our beloved town and the people that make it amazing to be in. ⁠

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🗣🙌❤️Calling all people that love Margate and have some juicy loveliness to share! ❤️🎊

In a nutshell: Can you give me a helping hand?

An Ode to Our Town! Tell me your stories about Margate’s places & people and I’ll write a poem featuring these for Margate NOW Festival 2020! To submit your stories, send me a voice note, or email me at info.brigitteaphrodite@gmail.com. The final poem will be filmed & shared online as a celebration of our incredible community!  🔥🔥🔥

The full details:

For the incredible Margate NOW Festival this Autumn 2020, I am writing an ode; a love poem, a spoken-word vignette all about Margate & the sights to see, diverse & cultural places, and sung & unsung heroes, for Margate Festival and People Dem Collective. 🥳

Can you help me make this poem as rich as Batchelor’s pastries? ✊

Over the next couple of weeks, I’m chatting to our Margate community (social distanced face to face, over phone calls, zoom, emails) and gathering as many stories that I can find, to feature them in this huge poem. It’s similar to what I did with An Ode to Our Street with Mainspring Arts – results here!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNWE0sc_mOI.

So, what I’m asking for is for you to tell me your stories! I’m looking for:
– Your favourite hidden haunts
– Any surprising meet up places
– Characters – our heroes & amazing people
– Cafes & independent shops you love
– Historical jewels
– Memories and stories that make you laugh or cry or any other weird and wonderful stuff

I want to paint an in-depth, truthful, joyful poetry picture of our beloved town and the people that make it amazing to be in! 🥳🎊

TO SUBMIT YOUR STORIES: Please either send me a voice note, or email me at info.brigitteaphrodite@gmail.com. If you prefer to chat over the phone/video call instead, send me a message and let’s talk! ✨

The final poem will be filmed on the beach and shared online across Margate Festival’s social media channels & my own networks.

Every single person who shares their stories and memories will be credited. ❤️

I want to hear from all of you – let’s connect, create and celebrate this amazing town! ✨🙌❤️🎉🎊✊🔥🥳

Thank you, love and solidarity,
Brigitte Aphrodite x

What is your practice?

Multidisciplinary artist. My specific practice is music, spoken word/poetry and gig theatre.

What drew you to this artform?

My neurodiversity was the only way I felt like I could be understood in this world. And my love for Jarvis Cocker, as a kid. 

Who is your art hero?

Obviously Lizzo.

As restrictions are lifting where will you be heading to first in Margate?

I love everywhere! All the places in my poem.

Tell us a bit about this place

You will have to hear the poem to find out! (Ooo mysterious)

What do you see the artist’s role being in the overall effort to dismantle systemic racism?

The artist’s role is to feel uncomfortable about how an institution, or a colleague, or a friend is behaving. And it’s not just an artist’s role, but it’s ALL people’s role to call shit out! Whether it’s publicly, in your friendship groups, in the institutions you work in. First and foremost, check yourself – you might be part of the problem. No, really – check yourself. Have a good dig dig down. Stare difficult memories in the face. I’m checking myself now. Don’t get defensive: shut up and listen. I’ll do the same. Don’t be elitist. If there’s no working class people in the room, or black and brown people in the room, if everyone in the room is heterosexual, cis, able-bodied and neurotypical, it’s not representative of the society we live in. And don’t ask these people to do things for free!