Unwanted Words Project

Unwanted Words is the first platform for up & coming queer poets and spoken word artists in Rotterdam and around. We organize a monthly series of Queer Poetry Nights to create a safe space for queer expression and encourage all queer voices to take the mic and share their literary work.

Be safe, be queer and take care of each other.

–Queer Poetry Nights

Most forms of literary expression are allowed, such as spoken word, poetry, op-eds, drama, performances. It is important to mention that we encourage freedom of speech and all forms of expression are allowed. However, we want to keep a safe space where both the speakers and the audience feel at home and we feel nurtured and safe. So any forms of hate speech or targeted attacks to a community, group or individual are not allowed.

Be safe, be queer and take care of each other.

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About Us

Unwanted Words Project
Unwanted Words Project

Unwanted Words is the first platform for up & coming queer poets and spoken word artists in Rotterdam and around.

We are an award-winning project that hosts a monthly series of Queer Poetry Nights in Rotterdam. We aim to offer safe spaces for LGBTQ+ people to share their art, their stories and for a queer audience to connect and celebrate each other.

Created in September 2018, we have gone to host 11 events with a full house, collaborated with over 40 local and international poets and artists with zero budget, just a team of enthusiastic volunteers and several partners that have supported the project pro-bono.

Unwanted Words Team

We have hosted events in collaboration with festivals such as: Queer Summer Festival Rotterdam (2019), Roffa Mon Amour Film Festival (2019), Antwerp Queer Arts Festival (2019), Rotterdam Pride (2018 & 2019) and Stukafest Rotterdam (2020).

During CONFAB 2019, Unwanted Words received the award for “Best new project” (New Kid on The Block).

Among our partners: The Student Hotel Rotterdam, Tender Center, The Hang-Out 010, Queer Rotterdam, and others.