Presence – Poetry & Music Open Mic

18:30 - 20:00
Mar 9th 2021

Welcome to Presence, a music and poetry open mic where themes of home, belonging and community meet through the arts. This is a place for all, whether you were born here or arrived yesterday. Come and perform or simply join the audience - the vibe is friendly, informal and inclusive.

For more information contact Jo Winsloe Slater on jowinsloe@stethelburgas.org

For those who have lost income to Covid; who receive benefits or have limited means, including asylum seekers and refugees.


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Goes towards future Presence events.


Presence is a music and poetry open mic event where themes of home, belonging and community meet through the arts.  This is a place for all, whether you were born here or arrived yesterday; whether you are in the UK or somewhere else in the world, our Common Home – Welcome!

For each event we explore a different theme chosen with guests at the previous event.  Tonight’s theme is ‘Comfort’. Performers are welcome to respond to the theme or to share whatever is in their hearts.  Join us as a performer or come and listen as a member of the audience. The vibe is friendly, informal and inclusive.  Put on the kettle or open a bottle and come join us online.

Performance start time (GMT): 6.30pm,  join Zoom anytime from 6.20pm for an Open Mic spot. You will be sent a zoom link during the afternoon before the event.

Theme: Chosen by guests at our last event, the theme for this evening is ‘Comfort’.


MANNY Carriere

I am a writer and performer from London. I’m a graduate from Roehampton University and my degree was Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. I would say my writing work is very imaginative. I love to take my reader/audience on a journey with me and also write powerful stuff which people find inspiring and motivating. Since when I was little I never had that. So I want to do that for people but especially the younger generation. I currently run a creative campaign called #BeTheChange which is a solo campaign and I have a poetry project out online called Beauty Within The Cracks.

Jay Carter

Jay Carter is an international touring musician and recording artistHis career so far has taken him all over the globe. From the Caribbean to Abbey Road studios to sharing stages with Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner and many others. Hear more of Jay’s work on Instagram and on Facebook.




Sophie Besse, playwright and founder of theatre of Sanctuary PSYCHEdelight and Together Workshops, and Ibrahim Fanous, (left) Sudanese musician and singer.  Organiser: For all questions about the Open Mic event, including performing and performers, please contact jowinsloe@stethelburgas.org



An Open Mic event is a live show – currently online – where members of the audience can perform.  You do not need to be a professional artist; you may be performing for the first time, or performing music and song from you own country and traditions.  At each event there are 10 Open Mic slots where artists can perform for 3-5mins.  To perform in an Open Mic slot join the Zoom event link at 6.20pm and write your name in the Chat Box

What you will need:

Save the dates!  Presence takes place online on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings of the month, 6.30-8.00pm. Save the dates and come and register to receive the link, or email jowinsloe@stethelburgas.org to be added to our mailing list.

Please ensure you view our Terms and Conditions and Refund Policy.

18:30 - 20:00
Mar 9th 2021

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