It would be easy to crack jokes about how appropriate it is to call an event that brings together a large group of teenagers “Louder Than a Bomb.” After all, if you’ve ever lived with one teenager (let alone, a swarm of them) you know that sound is a real thing– and yes, it does have power (for better or worse). On the “for better” side of things: Louder than a Bomb Baltimore. This rapidly growing teen poetry festival will take place this year at MICA from April 23-26th. This is a friendly competition, but self-expression is highly emphasized, and through poetry, oral story telling, and hip-hop spoken word, young people from all over Baltimore will be sharing their stories this weekend. There will be slams for each educational level: middle schools, high schools, and even colleges. The high school finals are traditionally the largest events, featuring guest judges, dynamic performers and of course, some of the brightest and most talented young people in our city. It brings together teens from across racial and socio-economic lines as they share their words and compete to go on to the national Louder Than a Bomb competition in Chicago. Baltimore (as always) has some pretty hot local talent, so it’s well worth taking the time to go out and watch these young people shine.
Louder Than A Bomb Baltimore begins today, April 23 and runs through April 26. The events will be held at MICA in Falvey Hall at Brown Center (1301 West Mount Royal Avenue in Baltimore). All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.dewmorebmore.org.