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.
A night for the poetic sweepings of the inner north to degenerate into sleaze, vitriol, and confusion. And rise into revelation, liberating confession and poetic wisps of the sublime. A feast of clashing waters. All in a cozy artsy pup. No features, no list, no limits. Just put your hand up and come on up. Is your piece not really ready? It is for this gig.
The winner of The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is Alan Pentland with his piece, ‘Darwin’s Human Race’ performed on Friday, December 1, 2017 at The Wheeler Centre.
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Alan was a teen poet qualified as an architect and became a comedian. He ran Melbourne’s first stand up club Le Joke and was a core member of the award-winning TV comedy Fast Forward. His written work has won awards at international film festivals and in business. A radio ad sold lots of hot water systems.
In 2016 Alan returned to his roots, writing and performing spoken word in small sweaty venues. It’s become an exciting journey in words and ideas. Alan struggles however with grammar rhymes badly, and has no, idea where, to put commas.