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Over 30 acts to perform at respect festival's Comedy Dome
17-7-2003   313

A diverse afternoon of comedy, poetry and rap awaits audiences at this Saturday’s respect festival in the Millennium Dome. The Comedy Dome plays host to established comediens and new emerging talent interspersed with a showcase of performance poetry from the (London school) finalists of the Mayor’s respect poetry Slam!

BBC London 94.9fm will be broadcasting live throughout respect festival 03.

Entertainers and schedule

1.00 - 2.30pm  POETRY SLAM! SHOWCASE



3pm   Stephen K Amos (compere)

3.10pm   Jay Sodagar

3.20pm   Shappi Khorsandi

3.30pm   Rudi Lickwood

3.45pm   Inder Manocha

3.55pm   Wayne ‘Dibbi’ Rollins

4.05pm   Shazia Mirza

4.15pm   Junior Simpson

4.30pm   Gina Yashere


4.45pm   POETRY SLAM - 10 minutes of poetry from the finalists



5pm   Patrick Monahan (compere)

5.05pm   Slim

5.12pm   Rick Kieswetter

5.20pm   Mr Cee

5.27pm   Donna Spence

5.34pm   Rohan Agalawatta

5.42pm   Victor Daniel

5.50pm   Quincy


6pm   POETRY SLAM - 15 Minutes of poetry from the finalists


6.30pm   COMEDY SHOW 2 Commences

6.30pm   Stephen K Amos (Compere)

6.40pm   Wayne ‘Dibbi’ Rollins

6.50pm   Shazia Mirza

7pm   Junior Simpson

7.10pm   Inder Manocha

7.20pm   Shappi Khorsandi

7.30pm   Jay Sodagar

7.40pm   Gina Yashere

7.50pm   Rudi Lickwood

8pm   ENDS

Notes to Editors

'1. The respect poetry Slam finalists are: The Saverio Brancaccio (Salesian College, Battersea); Khayo Chingonyi (Robert Clack School, Dagenham); Mc Logic and Emblem (Crofton School, Lewisham); Ashraf Kayizzi (Stanley Technical College, South Norwood); Natalie Leer (WAC Performing Arts & Media College, Camden); Thomas, Joseph, Jayden & Leon (Oaklands School, Tower Hamlets); Daniel, Paul & Liban (Langdon Park School, Tower Hamlets); Naz Saleh and Juliet Segayi (Fulham Cross School; The Talented Crew (Preston Manor School, Wembley); Usma Uddin & Huma Ansari (Mayfield School and College, Dagenham).

2.  The Mayor's respect festival will take place at the Greenwich Dome from noon on Saturday 19 July 2003. It is organised by Mayor Ken Livingstone, in conjunction with the National Assembly Against Racism, TUC South East Region and Greenwich Council. Carlton are the official media partner. More information is available from 020 7983 6554,, or by visiting the official website at

Press information is available from Ben McKnight on 020 7983 4071/07881 501 920 in the Mayor's press office (numbers not for publication).
For out of hours media enquiries please call 020 7983 4000.
For non-media enquiries call the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100/ minicom 020 7983 4458.

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