Undoing Gender – A Collaborative Project

#UndoingGender is a collaborative project that will provide space to redraw the perceptions of gender and identity through poetry and other art forms. The Poetry Club (TPC), a Mumbai-based organisation dedicated to providing an accessible and interactive forum for poets, has collaborated with No Country for Women (NCFW), Bring Back the Poets, Delhi, Airplane Poetry Movement and Culture Shoq, for this project.

These poetry groups across the country, will for the first time host a collaborative event across Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Pune on 17th and 18th October 2015. The events will take place on 17th and 18th October 2015 across Delhi, Pune, Bangalore and Mumbai.

Entry to the event is free, and will be on first-come-first-served basis. Please register here – https://goo.gl/EQVpsM for the Mumbai edition on 18th Oct from 5pm – 11pm at The Hive in Bandra. It will feature original poems, short films, short-story readings and personal experiences to build a conversation about gender stereotyping and dismantling identities by blurring gender lines.

Sessions at #UndoingGender will be as follows:
1. Protest Music

Performance by Mumbai based funk-rock duo MAFAKA. The band is known for their satirical take on Article 377. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY2FkbNmaQk

2. Poetry Performances

Shortlisted poetry performances on the theme of #UndoingGender.

What is #UndoingGender ?
One of the basic causes of gender based discrimination is that we have assigned rules, regulations, emotions, do’s and dont’s to each ‘gender’. Our first step to equality would be to celebrate diversity and still remember that the definition of a gender is ever expanding and cannot deprive us of human rights.

You can submit your poetry to us on this theme at: https://goo.gl/EQVpsM

3. Painting Poetry

Cyriac Varghese, a muralist and artist will be painting
interpretations of the poems.

4. Short-Film Screening

Short films that have made an impact on gender perceptions and discussions will be screened.

5. Dramatic readings of stories and biographies

Excerpts from various literature pieces that reflect gender biases and talk about erasing gender barrier.

6. “I Am” – Personal stories

Participants will share personal stories, experiences or observations of gender discrimination/ stereotyping. Submit entry here: https://goo.gl/EQVpsM

Check out the FB event page here for more information.

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