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
The Victorian Heats for the Australian Poetry Slam have been released on their website and Victoria is hosting 7 heats between the 3rd and 17th of September in Melbourne City, Daylesford, Cragieburn, Doncaster, Richmond, Echuca and Werribee. With the first and second place getters going through, there are 14 spots in the state final up for grabs.
Heat 1: September 3rd
State Library Victoria Queen’s Hall 328 Swanston st 3000 Ph 03 8664 7099 6.30pm Registration 6pm
Daylesford The Rex Cinema 47-53 Vincent Street 3460 Ph 03 5348 2800 6.30pm Registration 6pm
Cragieburn Library 75-95 Central Park Avenue 3064 Ph 03 9356 6980 6.30pm Registration 6pm
Doncaster Library 687 Doncaster Road 3108 Ph 03 9877 8500 6.30pm Registration 6pm
Richmond Library Theatrette 415 Church Street 3121 Ph 1300 695 427 6.30pm Registration 6pm
Echuca Library 310 Hare Street 3564 Ph 03 5482 1997 6.30pm Registration 6pm
Plaza Library Cnr Heaths and Derrimut Road Werribee 3030 Ph 03 9748 9333 7.00pm Registration 6.30pm