Saturday, December 10 @ 6:00pm
Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Rd Melbourne
Has an Open Mic?
Multicultural Arts Victoria proudly presents Common Ground a unique, multilingual spoken word workshop series that utilises poetry to promote social cohesion and mutual understanding. Currently 17 people from diverse cultural and faith backgrounds across Melbourne are participating in the eight-week series of workshops. Facilitators and artists Abdul Hammoud, Ebony MonCrief and Sukhjit Khalsa are collaborating with these budding wordsmiths to create new spoken word pieces exploring identity and role of faith in our everyday lives.
On Saturday 10 December hear the 17 poets transform their papered confessions into spoken word by bringing their own voices and stories to the stage. The night will also feature music from The Yellow Peril Symphony, a trio comprised of traditional Chinese harp, cello and hip hip vocals, and Iranian singer and setar player Amir Kavev.
Sad that summertime is ending? Sad that such a season was ever invented? Or sad that it is never quite like it used to be? Brunswick Street Bookstore presents “Summertime Sadness”: four poets reading poems to alleviate and enhance these feelings.
MC, Michael “Lana Del Reads” Farrell. Books available at the event.
Emina Ashman performs ‘Ablution’ at Girls on Key, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Open Studio.
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Emina Ashman is an actor, theatre-maker and poet currently based in Melbourne. She is a 2014 acting graduate of the VCA. Upon graduating, her acting credits include Bock Kills Her Father (La Mama Theatre), Tales of a City by the Sea (La Mama Courthouse), Roberto Zucco (La Mama Theatre) and Too Ready Mirror (Darebin Speakeasy). This year, she performs in Hungry Ghosts as part of Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2018 Education Season. She recently completed her Honours in Independent Theatre Practice VCA, where she developed her play “Make Me A Houri,” a piece that explores the tensions between exercising her sensuality and spirituality.
Girls on Key is a monthly poetry event supporting women and non-binary artists, that takes place usually on the first Wednesday of the month at Open Studio, Northcote. For more information visit girlsonkey.com, their Facebook Page, Twitter, and YouTube channel.
Melbourne Spoken Word was founded in 2015, with the idea of it being a central online hub for spoken word in Melbourne, the place to find out about events, discuss spoken word, and involve the spoken word scene in a unified platform to amplify our artform and bring in new audiences.
A couple of years ago we expanded from a website that people could add their events and submit articles to, to an organisation consisting of a committee from the spoken word community to create accountability and share some decision making. This year, as we move towards incorporation, we wanted to expand that further.
We’re calling out for those involved in spoken word in Melbourne to fulfil some specific roles, namely some people for our new Board and some fresh perspectives in the current committee. We also want to create some co-ordinator roles, including a reviews editor, a comment/opinion pieces editor, some interviewers and a producer to help to produce our podcast and audio-journal, Audacious.
All roles unless otherwise stated are currently volunteer roles, and for people with a passion for spoken word and existing support for the aims of Melbourne Spoken Word. Currently, MSW is applying for grants and seeking other funds to provide payment for roles. We’d love for you to be part of the process of MSW becoming an official not-for-profit organisation for the spoken word scene in Melbourne. MSW believes in paying artists where funding is available. We’re not looking for someone who merely wants to use the role to add something to their CV, but someone who sees the value of this work in the community.
Board Members MSW is in the process of forming a legally recognised incorporated association, with membership, that is registered as deductible gift recipient (DGR) – that’s a not for profit organisation that you can become a member of. In order to do that, we need to form a board, and are calling for expressions of interests,