Tuesday, August 23 @ 6:30pm
397 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne
Has an Open Mic?
Sign up at 6.30pm. The first 15 poets signed up will be automatically entered, if there are more than 20 signed up, the remain 5 slots will drawn from a hat.
For the first time ever, Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to host a heat of the Australian Poetry Slam.
Alongside six other heats in Victoria, the winner and runner-up will qualify to go to the Victorian Final of the 2016 Australian Poetry Slam at the State Library of Victoria on September 2, and the winner and runner-up of that will go to Opera House for the National Final.
For the other heats in Victoria, see http://www.australianpoetryslam.com/vic/
Heat sign-up is at 6.30pm sharp. Heat starts at 7pm sharp.
APS rules are 2 minutes, must be your original work, no props, no costumes and judges are randomly selected from the audience: http://www.australianpoetryslam.com/rules/
The Australian Poetry Slam is an initiative of Word Travels and the Victorian Heats and Final are supported by the State Library of Victoria.
tteotv offers a wholesome, supportive space for people to read a poem, share a story or freestyle some rap (this was written by a non rapper).
It is a very, very welcoming gig and we really love to embrace new tteotv gig friends!
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.