Friday, November 23 @ 7:00pm
Second Story Studios
222 Johnston St Collingwood
Has an Open Mic?
Book tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/YVKK
Featuring Fleassy Malay, Rhiann Isaacs, Farah Beaini, Burning Bush, Rola Jimanez, SNED
Local Melbourne spoken word artist and two times TEDx speaker, Fleassy Malay, is launching her debut album, Unhear This, on November 23rd.
A fiercely honest yet intimate exploration into her life as a self-identified, queer, erotic, spiritual, mother; Unhear This merges Spoken Word and music into a seamless journey of heart, soul and passion.
The album contains some of her most renowned Spoken Word pieces, such as her viral poems Witches, and When Men Birth, as well as some newer and lesser known pieces.
The album launch promises to be an event celebrating not only the album and artists who created it but the Melbourne creative community as a whole. With live performances of tracks from the album, live music from local musicians, DJ’s, Dancing and even local artists painting live in the space, it is set to be an epic party.
The event will be sponsored by and held at Second Story Studio’s which is known for its loud and proud stand in support for LGBTQI+ community. The iconic facade of the Collingwood warehouse has recently been painted as a giant rainbow and it is fast becoming a hub for local events and workshops.
The album itself features both local and international musicians and is a compelling and empowering call to honesty and authenticity in a world so often plagued with the opposite.
“This album has been a huge project for me and my producers, Joe and Fahad. It could not have happened without my fans, followers and community who supported us in the crowdfunding stage and beyond.” – Fleassy Malay
This will be an eclectic evening of poetry, music, art and dancing.
Rhiann Isaacs – Spoken Word
Farah Bee – Spoken Word
Joe Oppenheimer – Music
SNED Music – Beats and DJing
Burning Bush – Rivka Worth and Sarah Wisebird – DJ & MC
Rola – DJ
Steph Freeman – Live Painting
Melissa Shemanna – Live Painitng
Stiff Ives – Live Painting
“This album exists because of the community, it was crowd-funded 2 years ago through Pozible and is finally ready to go out into the world. It’s been a huge year for me and I would love to bring together the community of friends, fans, supporters and chosen family to celebrate each other and the launch of this epic project. This is partly a celebration of the album launch and part a celebration of the community from which it grew” – Fleassy Malay
Fleassy Malay is an Internationally renowned, evocative and powerful spoken word artist from the UK. Now based in Melbourne, she runs two successful Spoken Word events in Fitzroy, Mother Tongue and Brother Tongue. Her quirky, theatrical and emotive performance style captivates audiences leaving them both laughing and crying, occasionally both at the same time. Fleassy incorporates both her Theatre background with her love of hip hop and poetry to create stories and poems that ooze rhythm, melody and personality. She has performed at events and festivals in the UK, Canada, Spain, Thailand, Japan, China, and Australia. She also teaches 6 week Spoken Word courses looking at the power of vulnerability and honesty both on and off the stage.
The winners of the 2020 XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word are: Eloise Grills and Jaslyn Robertson (co-winners and collaborators), for their piece “Erotic Thriller”.
Highest Queensland Entry: Holly Robertson for “The Laundromat is a Peculiar Place for Philosophy”
Highly Commended:Sarah Temporal ‘Who Gave Birth to my Daughter’
Yasmin McQuade ‘Frida’s Eyebrows’
In its 6th year, the Arts Queensland XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word is Australia’s only national arts award that recognises the growing field of spoken word and is named after the former 2010 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, Emily XYZ, who left a deep impression on many of today’s Queensland spoken word artists. It is open to applicants Australia-wide.
Winners: “Erotic Thriller” – Eloise Grills and Jaslyn Robertson
Eloise Grills is an award-winning writer, comics artist, poet and critic. Her first book of poetry, If you’re sexy and you know it slap your hams (Subbed In) was recently shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore award. She’s currently working on her first illustrated memoir with the support of the Australia Council. www.eloisegrills.com
Jaslyn Robertson is a young composer of electronic and chamber music who writes with unusual sounds, alternate tuning systems and new forms of notation. In 2020 she has received the Monash Animated Notation Ensemble commissioning prize and a commission for Ossicle duo supported by Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne. http://jaslyn.biz/
Highest Queensland Entry: “The Laundromat is a Peculiar Place for Philosophy” – Holly Robertson
Holly Robertson is a 19 year old poet and student from Brisbane. Writing for the last six
With the world in a pretty unprecedented situation, as people already know, and although it’s by far not the most important issue right now, it’s had a pretty devastating effect on the arts, including the spoken word community.
Obviously, us coming together as a community at events in person are a crucial part of spoken word, and one the main reasons MSW exists is to support those community events. For us, it’s not just about the art form or individual artists, but how the art form brings people together, whether you’ve been doing this as a career for ages or whether you’ve turned up to an open mic for the very first time.
It’s been a learning experience and a bit of brightness amongst the darkness to watch how people have responded to self-isolation and lockdown measures by finding ways to use online platforms to continue to host open mics and other events. Alongside us starting to live stream events, we’ve been watching the rest of our community and the different ways events have gone online.
Spoken word, storytelling, poetry and writing still remain a way we can express ourselves and try to make sense of the world we live in and for us to come together as a community and for people’s voices to be heard. This remains critical in a time of self-isolation.
With most expert opinions predicting that this situation is likely to continue for months, not just weeks, the likelihood of us being able to hold in person events with an audience in July or August is pretty unlikely, and so Melbourne Spoken Word has made a decision to not hold The Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival in 2020.
Instead, we’re announcing The Melbourne Spoken Word Festival Online for 2020, with a new expressions of interest period now open for organisations and producers to propose events to be held on online as part of our program this year. We’re excited to see what spoken word
Morgaine van Wingerden, honourable mention at The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize performs ‘The Waitlist’ at Collingwood Town Hall. The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize was supported by Yarra Libraries.
Morgaine is a Melbourne based poet and artist who shares stories exploring family, mental health, relationships and womanhood. She has featured at numerous events across Melbourne and Sydney, and has performed at the Bowery Poetry House and Nuyorican in New York. She has been a member of Slamalamadingdong’s Team Slama the last two years in a row and was awarded an honourable mention in the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.