French Poetry Slam at the Green Mill

  • 07:00 PM
  • Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, 4802 N. Broadway Street, Chicago

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Paris, the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International invites Chicago Slam Works to showcase the work of Collective 129H, poets/performers Rouda, Neobled and Lyor. Together with Marc Smith, founder of the poetry slam, and Chicago Slam Works poets, they create a dynamic interpretive performance. The resulting poetic performance can be easily understood, in real time, by both French and English speakers.

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$7 cover; no reservations.

This event is part of the official celebration of the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Paris, taking place from October 7–16, 2016 throughout Chicago. To learn more about other associated events, visit

Collective 129H
For fourteen years, Collective 129H has hosted hundreds of poetry slams in France. Since 2014, the team can be found in Paris at the Stage of the Canal-Jemmapes where they host a monthly poetry slam. They have performed in Mali, New Caledonia, Egypt, Congo, and Morocco. From 2011 to 2013, 129H also led a daily chronicle of the current events for The Mouv Radio. Musical, offbeat, cheeky and relevant, about 250 works have been aired on Radio France.

Born just eastern suburbs of Paris, Rouda’s style lies between spoken word and the tradition of vocal jousts. He regularly performs at festivals, which has led him to Caracas, Bamako, Dakar, Marrakesh, Cairo, Brazzaville, Haiti and Nouméa. In France, he regularly leads workshops as well. In 2008, Rouda released his first album in “Musique des Lettres,” which won critical acclaim. Since then, Rouda produced his latest album “A l’Ombre des Brindilles” and toured with Austrian group Bauchklang. He leads a daily chronicle on Mouv’ Radio.

In 2000, Neobled presented “Dynamic duo” on Radio Generations broadcast and featured on the legendary mixtape “Hello France.” In 2001, he co-founded the ensemble 129H with Lyor and Rouda. Six years later, he released his first album “La vie après les maux,” which struck a balance between excellence in sound and text. In 2014, he produced the albums “L’homme de vers” and “Olympus.” Today, Neobled travels between the stages and recording studios in every corner of France. He also led a daily chronicle on the Mouv’ Radio, and went on tour with the show of 129H “Slameurs public.”

Lyor was born in Paris and co-founded the Collective 129H in 2001. Lyor has facilitated hundreds of workshops and radio guest appearances. HIghlights include : Inauguration of Palais of Tokyo in Paris; Urban Meetings of La Villette , Hip Hop Festival of Saint-Denis, Poetry International Festival of Marrakesh, Etonnants Voyageurs Festival of Saint-Malo , Theater and Street Arts Festival of d’Aurillac (2005) • Mots qui Content Festival, Cairo (2006) • Mythos Festival, Rennes (2007) • No Mad Land Tour, and Slameurs Publics Tour.