UBUNTU

End of year celebratory event

Throughout the year, Poetical Word works with a few individuals towards set outcomes. These may be outcomes based on qualitative and or quantitative means. Where some individuals want to get their work out to a wider audience or visit more open mic’s, some would prefer to work on their craft, refining their art. We think this is worth pursuing because it strengthens the creative energies associated with Poetical Word in Hounslow.

It's hard enough for a creative to be good at what they do, but to promote themselves in the current climate can seem an impossible task. This is one of the reasons why we theme our annual special event. It serves as an active way to motivate and bring together creatives who want to achieve something. Through sharing our vision, we are motivated by collective energies. This year, we've named our end of year celebration UBUNTU which has a very beautiful story to it.

An anthropologist studying the habits and customs of an African tribe found himself surrounded by children most days. So he decided to play a little game with them. He managed to get candy from the nearest town and put it all in a decorated basket at the foot of a tree.

Then he called the children and suggested they play the game. When the anthropologist said “now”, the children had to run to the tree and the first one to get there could have all the candy to him/herself.


So the children all lined up waiting for the signal. When the anthropologist said “now”, all of the children took each other by the hand ran together towards the tree. They all arrived at the same time divided up the candy, sat down and began to happily munch away.


The anthropologist went over to them and asked why they had all run together when any one of them could have had the candy all to themselves.
The children responded: “Ubuntu. How could any one of us be happy if all the others were sad?”

Ubuntu is a philosophy of African tribes with Xhosa and Zulu origins. It can be summed up as “I am what I am because of who we all are.”

Bishop Desmond Tutu gave this explanation in 2008:
“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.

With this beautiful concept in mind, we set up our end of year celebration which was set at the finest Italian restaurant this side of town - Il Bebo’s.

We gave out special awards to specific individuals who have played a vital part of the organisation and form the crucial support network which spurs creatives to bigger and better things.

As our first time using this venue, we found the management and staff extremely helpful and accommodating. The relationships we have built with our venues have been all under a goodwill agreement where they give us the space in return for customers!

To have been among such an eclectic community at the heart of Hounslow is truly inspirational. Our end of year event brings together all of our previous headliners throughout the year, to showcase their work. This culminates in a truly unique event where creative and created are appreciated to flourish. We think that’s pretty good and were driven to continue to provide creative spaces like this going into the new year.