Sunday, June 18 @ 7:00pm
The Toff in Town
2 252 Swanston St
$15/12 pre-booked or $20/15 on the door
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Melbourne Spoken Word brings you the recently crowned Women and the World Poetry Slam Champion, Ebony Stewart, all the way from Texas, USA, performing a full set supported by some amazing spoken wo
Slamalamadingdong hosts its annual Grand Slam, at their brand new venue, The Melba Spiegeltent. Finalists from the previous year of slams compete over three rounds for the chance to represent Slama and Australia in the National Poetry Slam in the United States in August.
Featuring award-winning spoken word artists and actors, Joel McKerrow and Anna McGahan performing excerpts from their spoken word/theatre show, The People of the Sun.
Slamalamadingdong is Melbourne’s premiere poetry slam, being the only slam in Australia currently PSI-certified, with three rounds and high-calibre nationally and internationally recognised feature artists that push the boundaries of spoken word. Slama runs on the last Thursday of every month, with slammers competing for cash, a published video of their work, performance opportunities and the chance to represent Slama at the National Poetry Slam in the United States each year.
Slamalamadingdong presents a special day-long workshop on pushing boundaries with spoken word facilitated by MC_Fembot (Michelle Dabrowski) and Scott Wings. Limited spots available.
Are you ready to upgrade your writing and performance skills as well as get re-inspired? In this full day intensive, Michelle and Scott Wings will guide you to investigate the ways you are already communicating as an Artist and find the pathways for you to push the boundaries of your current medium/s.
They will do this through intense play and re-wilding of the senses, freestyle cyphers and vocal exploration. Most importantly we will bathe you in a playground of possibility by providing access to instruments, physical stimuli and various art mediums.
They will hold you in your provocations, tempt and coach you beyond your current beliefs about yourself and your power.
This is risk taking 2.0, for the brave bards ready to break through the barriers holding you back from deeper trust of the self as well as a wider channel to the energy available to you as a performer.
How much of yourself are you really bringing to the stage?
It’s time to re-define yourself Poet, come and be held.
The winner of Slamalamadingdong for April, wāni, performs ‘Silence’ at Slamalamadingdong on April 27, 2017.
wāni is a Congolese born, NZ raised and Melbourne based poet with a flare for spoken word. He uses his artistic abilities to serve as a platform in his commitment to the flourishing of life, telling of the untold, as well as the collective empowerment of those peoples too often marginalized and not often enough celebrated.
Viki Mealings performs ‘Other People’s Children’ at the launch of Audacious 4, at The Provincial Hotel, on March 13, 2017.
Viki Mealings is a Melbourne poet, musician and singer. She was one of the poets that featured on Audacious 4th edition audio Journal published by Melbourne Spoken Word this year. She was winner of the 2010 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival Poetry Slam. She produced and performed in the Melbourne Fringe show ‘I am That Woman’ in 2015. Last year she published a poetry collection entitled ‘Her Poetic Body’. She is front woman of the band ‘Brittle Sun’ who are due to release their EP, ‘Elemental Skin’ next month. Her poetry explores issues of social justice and inequality.
Brendan Bonsack is often seen behind a camera, taking photos that inspired people describing being photographed by him at poetry gigs in his classic black and white as being ‘Bonsacked.’ He’s also a fine poet and musician. He even wrote a poem predicting the Bulldogs would win the AFL Grand Final last year.
Can you think of a moment, like from your childhood, that was probably a dead giveaway you’d become a poet?
Apparently, when I was born, a nurse remarked to my mother: “look at him, he already has the weight of the world on his shoulders.” Maybe that qualifies? I have always been drawn to melancholy in poetry.
How’d you discover spoken word?
I think it was by accident, at the Dan O’Connell. I was walking past on my way to somewhere else, and got curious about the goings on through the glass doors. There were blank spots on the Open blackboard, so I scribbled my name in and did one of my songs as a spoken word piece. I must have trimmed a couple of choruses out of it because there were no shouts of “get on with it!” from the bar. The thing about the Dan is that people are very warm to newcomers, so I was inspired to come again.
If you only had one poetry book to take with you in the bunker when the end of the world comes, what would it be?
It would be tempting to take Nathan Curnow’s “The Apocalypse Awards”, but it might scare my fellow bunkermates! Perhaps a large anthology of Emily Dickinson. All those compact gems could be good first seeds in the new world.
When you write a brand new poem that you just have to read, which open mic do you first think to take it to?
Whichever is coming up next! I think every open mic gig I’ve seen in Melbourne is a good place to try new poems. Audiences love to hear new stuff. I have the most rousing audience chanting of “New Shit!!” at Girls on Key.
Which legend of the Melbourne poetry scene do you wanna become w
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