Climbing PoeTree brings its spoken word, hip-hop talents to Holyoke

  • Climbing PoeTree have inspired thousands through their award-winning performances.

For The Recorder
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wistariahurst and the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, a program of the UMass Amherst History Department, will host a free performance at the Holyoke War Memorial by the award winning duo Climbing PoeTree.

The spoken word, hip-hop, and multimedia theater performance will take place on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will begin with local performers Extraordinaiire and Tuzko.

Climbing PoeTree have inspired thousands through their award-winning performances. Co-creators Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman are committed to communicating messages of social injustices through their performances.

Garcia and Penniman have independently organized 30 national and international tours, taking a bus converted to run on recycled vegetable oil. Climbing PoeTree have been featured alongside Danny Glover, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu and Angela Davis among others.

Before the event, Climbing PoeTree will take part in “S.T.I.T.C.H.E.D.” — a story-gathering project that started during their 2005 national tour. This workshop features a tapestry that holds more than 10,000 stories, testimonies, and dreams written by audience members and workshop participants Garcia and Penniman have met across the nation.

The performance is hosted by Wistariahurst Museum and will be held at the War Memorial at 310 Appleton St., Holyoke.

Free buses to the show will be available for those attending from Amherst and Northampton. The Amherst bus will depart from Haigis Mall on the UMass campus at 6:10 p.m. and the Northampton bus will depart from the Academy of Music at 6:20 p.m. and Sheldon Field at 6:25 p.m. Buses will leave Holyoke 20 minutes after the show ends at 9 p.m.

This event is co-sponsored by CMASS at UMASS and UMass Black Heritage Month 2017.

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