Friday, July 31 @ 7:30pm
2 Arthurton Rd Northcote
Has an Open Mic?
Registration for the slam is at 7pm sharp. Names drawn out of a hat at 7.30pm sharp.
There are 8 slots in the slam and an OPEN JAM section where poets and freestylers and invited to line up on the side of the stage to collaborate with the band. Featuring hip hop jazz band O'Stranger Tang. Much like in JAM SLAMS we have run in the past, Poets will have a chance to have a quick chat to the band to lay down some guidelines for the improv to happen on stage.
What would it look like if you gave yourself permission to say what you really want to say, be who you truly want to be in your own community and do exactly what it is you dream of doing on stage?
This month at Slamalama Artists are invited to do just that as we bend the rules of the slam to allow Poets, storytellers and wordsmiths of all disciplines to freely use costumes or props in the slam competition.
The theme of the night is PERMISSION and every facet of the night will cater to creating a space of allowance and freedom. So come with an open attitude ready to be lifted into what is possible when we give each other a yes.
Slamalamadingdong is part poetry slam, part ritual and at its core, a community coming alive on a monthly basis to support, uplift and inspire one another while celebrating oral storytelling traditions.
No other spoken word event in Melbourne facilitates a space where you can get inspired by ballsy passionate and top performing spoken word artists, get involved in the open jam section to a live jazz hip hop band with whatever freestyle or pre prepared vocals you are ready to bust out … and then celebrate on the dance floor to amazing soul, hip hop and funk music put on by the collaboration between Slamalama and 24 Moons with either a live band or DJ.
Whoah. That’s a bit of an arty party.
So this month the only two rules that apply in the slam are:
The three minute time limit and pieces presented must be original works.
Melbourne Spoken Word presents Sierra de Mulder (USA) with support form a powerhouse line-up of Melbourne spoken word artists, to be announced.
Sierra DeMulder is an internationally touring performance poet and educator, a two-time National Poetry Slam champion, and a four-time published author. Her work has been featured by NPR, Huffington Post, Nike, To Write Love On Her Arms, and more. In addition to performing, Sierra is also the curriculum director of the Slam Camp at Indiana University, an annual writing summer camp for high school students, and one of the founders of Button Poetry, the largest digital distributor of spoken word in the world. Her latest full-length collection, Today Means Amen, was released in 2016 by Andrews McMeel Publishing.
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.
Danny Hutley performs ‘Thunderstorm Asthma’ at Melbourne Spoken Word’s Fresh Voices on May 9, 2017.
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Danny Hutley is from Essex in the UK, and has been a regular on Melbourne’s open mics for the last two years. His poetry explores distance, fragmenting relationships and dance-floors. He came second place in the June Shenfield poetry award and was highly commended in the John Shaw Nielson poetry award. He is currently working on a collection of short stories.