Friday, December 4 @ 6:30pm
Library At The Dock
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade Docklands
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Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to announce the first ever Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
With cash and other prizes on offer, the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is awarded to a poet for an except
Slam of the Century is a celebration of contemporary slam competitions. In it, twenty poets will have exactly three minutes to say their piece. The winner is selected by the audience and such shall receive a fitting prize (probably a recorder, I dunno, I’ll see what I can rustle up.) Remember, this is all about the prestige, the fun, but mostly the bragging rights, so swing by Sydney Road for a night of slam and debacle.
One Night Wonders is a special night of spoken word hosted by Going Down Swinging, one of the only journals in Australia that publishes spoken word, where one feature poet is invited to do a long set, and that set is recorded and released as a live album.
The Dan Poets, who’ve hosted weekly poetry readings at The Dan O’Connell Hotel on Saturday afternoons since the beginning of time (well 1992) have been hosting the hotly contested Dan Competition at the beginning of each month, awarding $100 for the best poet on the day voted by the audience. The winners of each month come together for December’s Dan Poetry Cup, competing for the silverware.
The finalist list: Anthony WP O’Sullivan. Anna Fern. Kim Jeffs. Ash Burgess (Punk Rock Poet) Anna Forsyth. Stephen Yolland. Brendan Bonsack Christine Burrows. Tatenda Chimbari. (Tenda) Aimee Harris. Komninos Konstantinos Zervos. Stefano. Sam Ferrante.
Krish Prasad performs “Brunswick” at Melbourne Spoken Word’s Showcase at Conduit Arts on Friday, June 12, 2015.
Words by Farah Beaini
Know nothing, and forever evolve – Michelle Alina Dabrowski
For the more seasoned slam poetry goers, Slamalamadingdong evokes a deep emotional response; a recall of their first introduction to the Melbourne slam poetry scene; a place that reignited and nourished a dormant love for poetry, breathing fire into their oral storytelling traditions.
Now in its fourth year, Slama, as it is affectionately called, has grown into one of Melbourne’s iconic slam poetry communities, attracting a diasporic world of both emerging and well-established poets, artists and performers.
At the heart of Slama’s success has been founder Michelle Alina Dabrowski’s meaningful curation of events and willingness to explore and experiment with spoken word’s place within the wider art scene, all the while honouring the show’s deep-rooted slam foundations. Supported by a loyal crew, it is Michelle’s innate and authentic ability to simultaneously hold and navigate through space – and the audience’s acceptance of her offerings – that makes Slama’s tagline ring true: “Poetry Slam meets ritual meets celebration meets community coming alive”.
While renewal has always been part of Slama’s vocabulary, this year has undoubtedly seen its greatest transformation.
The June 2015 relaunch saw Slama’s rebirth at 24moons in Northcote, with shows now scheduled for Fridays instead of Thursdays, and poets afforded 5 minute slots rather than the usual 3. Unlike its previous homeground (the Bella Union), 24moons is a much more intimate space, allowing for pockets of conversations to grow and flow and for a freer mingling of poets and audience. The new venue also affords greater flexibility to celebrate after each Slama gathering, something not possible under the old 2 hour timeframe at Bella. While the dim lighting at times makes it more difficult to gauge the audience’s reaction, the familiar finger-clicking and up
Sam Ferrante performing her third-place poem, ‘Millennial Romance’ at Slamalamadingdong on October 30, 2015.
Sam Ferrante is a poet from Buffalo, New York, who is visiting Melbourne for a year and fell in love with Melbourne and the poetry scene very quickly.
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