ALCOVE x ESKER: Spoken Word Workshops & Collaborative Art Space | The Alcove with Bethel Afework & Sue-Shane Tsomondo

Join an in-person Spoken Word Workshop and participate in a Collaborative Art Space with The Alcove Centre for the Arts (The Alcove). The workshops are led by spoken word artist and musician Bethel Afework, and literary arts advocate and poet, Sue-Shane Tsomondo.

For the month of August, as part of the RELATIONS Engagement Series, The Alcove is collaborating with Esker Foundation on a creative series inspired by the works in RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting. Join them for a day of creative expression and collaboration.

The Alcove Centre for the Arts (The Alcove) is a non-profit organization that plans to offer an art & recreation social space in Calgary. The Alcove’s goal is to open a full-time facility where they create a welcome, inclusive, and social environment. This summer they are hosting a series of events to provide a proof-of-concept of what a full-time facility would look like.

Spoken word is a form of poetry based in performance, and participants in the workshops will be guided in creating their own performative piece:

“We will explore the RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting exhibition, have a free flow writing session, and engage in word games to explore rhythm, flow, and performance. At the end of the workshop, we will be sharing the pieces we created during the session. The workshops are led by Sue-Shane Tsomondo and Bethel Afework and are open for all skill levels and experiences! Everyone is welcome – Come get creative with us!

The free-Spoken Word Workshops will be hosted at Esker Foundation three times throughout the day:

Saturday 14 August:


Each workshop is limited to 10 participants, registration is essential.
Please register for only one of the three one-hour workshops.

*Additionally, a drop-in creative space will be set up where participants can work on a collaborative creative project throughout the day. 
Registration is not required for the collaborative art space. Drop-in anytime on Saturday 14 August between 11am-6pm.


August 14th, 2021 at 11-12:30am, August 14th, 2021 at 1-2:30pm, August 14th, 2021 at 3-4:30pm