StripFest and Jackson's tour both start this weekend!

Two things begin this weekend that means there’s a bunch of spoken word to get along to for the next week or so. St. Kilda StripFest goes for a little over a week, with a bunch of different events, but with a healthy dose of spoken word, and add to that, WA Poet Jackson begins her Melbourne leg of her tour.

St. Kilda StripFest isn’t what you think. Most performers will remain clothed but it will take place along the St. Kilda Shopping Strip: Acland Street and connected streets starting today.

Tomorrow, the spoken word begins with Melbourne Spoken Word presenting Pop-Up Poets from 1pm until 4pm at various locations. Meet at Acland Court at 1pm and follow us along our casual tour featuring Izzy Roberts-Orr, Santo Cazzati, Oliver Mol, Steve Smart, Andy Jackson and Benjamin Solah.

On Sunday, Loop City featuring Amanda, Anastasi, Steve Smart and Sarah Curro is a show not to be missed and this is their second performance, which will happen at Veludo from 4pm.

On Tuesday, you’ve got two gigs to choose from. At 7pm at Veludo, Bar Stanza host Anthony WP O’Sullivan presents Amy Bodossian, Koraly Dimitriadis and Ben John Smith in a gig called Layer Cake Poetry. And at 7.30 the Village Belle Hotel, Mother Tongue moves south side this month, and is featuring Ee’da and Charlotte Roberts, plus a women only open mic, but guys are welcome to come watch.

And then on Thursday, Keep Left is spreading the message beyond their regular home of Under the Hammer in Coburg, to feature Cece Ojany and Brigitte Lewis at The St. Kilda Branch from 8pm which will include open mic.

There’s a lot to check out, but wait, there’s more, Western Australian Poet Jackson will be doing gigs in Melbourne at The Dan, West Word, The Barley Corn and Passionate Tongues plus a workshop.

Dan Poets featuring Ezra Bix (with a mini-feature by Jackson) Saturday, August 24 @ 2pm / Dan O’Connell Hotel, 225 Canning Street, Ca