On the evening of 8th of December, 2018, The Reading Room held ‘Believe’, an open mic event, to create a space for budding writers, poets, singers, artists or thinkers, to share and express their art and thoughts. The topic meandered around ‘What do you believe in?’
That beautiful evening showed us how this simple question could attract a myriad of fascinating answers. Some believed in luck or hard work, while some in self-love and self-care. Some about faith or prophecies while others, in the powers of meditation; of spirituality. And then there’s always the pleasure of believing in karma.
Having said that, never in our wildest dreams did we imagine we’d see such a diaspora of creativity, gathered together in a small room. Every single person in the audience was spell bound by the artful spoken-word poetry, soul-stirring music and touching anecdotes, and myriad of stories on love, courage and strength. As each person shared their stories, speaking straight from their hearts, every person in the room connected over the strength born out of moments of weakness; supporting each other, while feeling stronger and less alone in this journey.
One of the most memorable parts of the evening was when Maya Gomez, an extremely talented artist, bewitched us with her live water colouring. We all sat there in a circle, swaying to the soulful music of R Kelly’s ‘I Believe I Can Fly’, looking at each other in wonderment as a beautiful portrait of a lady, spreading her colourful wings, emerged from the canvas. This instantly created an electric and divine atmosphere in the room.
Everyone was connected by a mutual feeling of trust and friendship. People, who had never met before, sat together, shared laughs and heart-to-heart chats. The room lit up with bright smiles when Mr Joseph Fernandez made us sing a few songs, while he played the guitar. We could not have asked for a better end to the evening.
When it was time to pack up, no one felt like leaving the atmosphere of euphoria that each performance had added to the evening. As each person shared goodbyes, the most common remark was, “It was magical! And that pretty much sums it up.
Believing in something is the essence of life. It has driven mankind for ages, shaping countless generations.
So are you wondering what we believe in?
We believe that a small group of people sitting in a little room, talking, singing, laughing and sharing the things they love, under a canopy of twinkling lights, surrounded by a collection of books, is the most magical source of comfort and wisdom. We believe in the power of expressing oneself through any form of creativity.