author. Lily Buford
Walking up to the Ways with Weirds tent was definitely a 'does what it says on the tin' moment: it certainly did feel 'weird'. Entering the stage through a set of abstract doors shaded by a heavy woodland area, which lead to a dimly lit tunnel, I felt like I was entering an alternative universe.
After the introduction I was amazed to see that Moksha, a spoken word artist, appeared from amongst the audience. It made her seem so 'normal', and I feel made her words even more hard hitting; this single act of togetherness made it obvious to me that she must truly experience the events which expire her poetic musings. Through a poetic narrative, Moksha tackles current day problems experienced by youths, such as education, mental health issues and gang culture. "To kids at school, the only tick that matters is the one on their shoes" is one line that particularly struck me, highlighting the fact that to many, sadly, image is more important than education. I found this to have particularly strong resonance because of the Port Eliot setting, where trivialities were seemingly forgotten, by me at least, and the often fickle atmosphere of current society was left outside of the festival walls.
Moksha's performance was simply mesmerising. Her spoken tone matched the point she was trying to covey; sudden shouting would be swiftly followed by barely more than a whisper, which kept the audience firmly in the room at all times. Yet, her enthusiastic movement made the words seem natural and conversational. The way that Moksha tackles hard hitting issues through word art is exceptional. Her performance left a plethora of emotions hanging in the air, and everybody was somewhat awestruck.