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Poetry – whether it follows the conventional rules of rhyme and meter or is conveyed through the delicate strokes of an artist's paintbrush – transcends the detail to encapsulate the essence.Poetic License, a series of regular live events held in various venues around Beirut, aims to celebrate poetic expression in all its forms. Founded by a Lebanese spoken word artist and DJ who goes by the name "Madnomad," Poetic License grew out of an earlier series of poetry slams, competitive events in which participants' performances are rated against one another by audience members or judges. Madnomad, who first encountered poetry slams while living in Sweden, organized a number of the competitions in Lebanon a decade ago. Alienated by the format, she founded Poetic License a few years ago, in search of a diverse platform for poetic expression that wasn't governed by a particular set of rules. The diverse lineup is set to feature around 20 performers and will include a wide selection of poetry and spoken word, as well as blues poetry from duo Assem Bazzi and Jawad El Mawla, acoustic rap from Bilad El-Sham, performance art by Elie Houhanna and Madame Chandelier, satire by Michelle Keserwany, music by indie pop band Sandmoon and a DJ set by Madnomad herself.
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