Saturday, September 19 @ 6:00pm
Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston St Melbourne
Has an Open Mic?
Over a series of workshops at the State Library of Victoria, facilitators and artists Abdul Hammoud, Ebony Moncrief and Sukhjit Khalsa have been collaborating with budding wordsmiths to create new poetry and spoken word pieces exploring identity and role of faith in our everyday lives which will be launched at a free performance at the State Library of Victoria’s Village Roadshow Theatrette on Saturday 19 September 2015 from 6pm-8pm featuring spoken-word and live music.
The Common Ground participants have met every Saturday to come together to craft their own spoken word poetry by exploring topics including identity, belonging, conflict, balance and peace alongside facilitators and community liaisons Ajit Singh, Zakia Baig and Amona Hassab. Each participant has brought the wealth of their experience, coming from a range of backgrounds. Participants have been introduced to new writing techniques, group discussions and performance styles. The performance on the 19th of September will feature the work the participants and artists have created over their journey together.
In addition to the performance, a selection of the pieces created during this project will also be set to soundscapes created by Melbourne-based producer Cazeaux O.S.L.O and accompanied by a video produced by Rogue Pixel to be released online in November- stay tuned!
This project is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, State Library of Victoria, the Victorian Multicultural Commission and Uniting Through Faiths.
Abdul Hammoud is a spoken word artist based in Melbourne by way of Lebanon, a country that he is still captivates by and connects to. Abdul has performed alongside poetic giants like Luka Lesson, Ken Arkind, Anis Mojgani, Sarah Kay, Taylor Mali and Shihan. He has also managed to teach numerous writing classes and workshops for schools and various organizations. His art has taken him as close as New Zealand and as far as the United States, as well as to his beloved home country. In 2013, he became founder of The Dirty Thirty online writing platform, an ever-growing group for writers to challenge themselves every April. He is now also editor and compiler of The Dirty Thirty Anthology, a collection of poetry from the page he coordinates. Most of his work revolves around current issues including the constant state of war in the Middle East, cultural division, as well as the portrayal of masculinity. He is also a full time student and an avid purveyor of starting books but not finishing them.
Ebony MonCrief, raised in Birmingham, Alabama, is a writer, performance poet, inspirational speaker and producer of the open mic Voices in the Attic. Through words, she explores art, music, humanity, the universe and most importantly self. Her vibrant storytelling style engages, entertains and provides audiences with a honest look at the person behind the words.
Afro Hub is a monthly open mic where poets can share their work. It’s aimed at encouraging African poets in particular but others are able to jump up as well. Performers can register on the day, everyone that registers has a chance to share.
Omar Sakr performs ‘Ghosting the Ghetto’ at Melbourne Spoken Word presents Luka Lesson, at Howler on March 26, 2017.
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Omar Sakr is an Arab Australian poet from Western Sydney, and the current Poetry Editor of The Lifted Brow. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Island, Overland, Meanjin, Mascara Literary Review, Verity La, Strange Horizons, Red Room Company, Tincture, and Antic, among many others. He received the runner-up award in the Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets (2015), and his debut collection, These Wild Houses, is out now with Cordite Books. His poetry has been translated into Arabic as well as Spanish, and anthologised in Best Australian Poems 2016 (Black Inc) and Contemporary Australian Poetry.
Julia Prendergast performing ‘A Dedicated Poem’ at the Slamalamadingdong Anything Goes Slam on June 22, 2017.
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Julia Prendergast is a New Zealand born poet, raised around small country towns in Australia. After first discovering a poetry slam in 2012 she has only recently started to share her work. Although primarily being a fine artist, she cannot deny her hand from pen, paper, words, and eventually a stage. Her poetry is a form of expression and consolidation around topics which she finds necessary to create a conversation around. Through lived experiences with mental health, many of her poems invites you into the un-comfort that is the therapy room she wish she had. Julia believes that if you have a platform to stand on, use it to create change and to start a debate with everyone you may or may never meet.