SAFIYA KAMARIA

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About

 

Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa is a British born Barbadian raised multidisciplinary poet whose poetry chiefly encompasses dance. She is a recipient of the Jerwood Arts | Apples & Snakes Poetry in Performance Programme and the winner of the 2020 New Voice in Poetry Prize, courtesy of Culture Recordings.  This year she was shortlisted for the 2020 Outspoken Page Poetry Prize and longlisted for the Film and Performance categories. Her work has appeared in The Caribbean Writer, The Amistad, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, and more. Find out more about her journey here. 

Poems

 

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Culture

Safiya's essays on cultural theory and book favourites. 

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COMMISSIONS

As stated in her manifesto/ policy Safiya will only carry out work in accordance with her principles and preferred business decorum. 

Workshops


Dedicated to empowering others Safiya’s heartfelt and nurturing workshops have encouraged many people to find confidence in their craft. Safiya has facilitated workshops in a variety of organisations including: women’s refuges, libraries, primary and secondary schools and a correctional facility. All school workshops can be crafted around the current syllabus and implemented into various subjects.

 

Specialised workshops include:
 

- Performance Poetry 

- Slam 
- Online Readings 
- Public Speaking 
- Body Awareness On Stage

Poems

 

Truly devoted to her craft Safiya consistently exceeds expectations by paying close attention to clients' needs while staying true to her character. She has carried out commissions for BBC Bitesize, mental health charities, architecture projects, film screenings, funerals and wedding vows. 

 

From special occasions to unique events commissions may also include the following:

 

- Birthday parties

- Sporting Events 

- Museum/ Art Gallery Exhibitions

- Memorials 

- National Holidays 
- Fashion Shows

Dance and Choreography

Safiya has over 10 years of dance experience. Her intense attention to detail and ability to adapt work quickly to suit the environment has led her to working for a variety of organisations and artists including: The Original Wailers, Damian Marley, Nicola Roberts, Caribbean Fashion Week. 

 

Specialised genres include:

 

- Dunham Technique
- West African ("Traditional", modern, contemporary)

- British Caribbean (18th to 19th Century, contemporary) 

- Modern Contemporary European
 -Commercial
- Krump
- 18th to 19th Century English 
- Tudor court 

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