Thursday, June 23 @ 7:00pm
2 415 Church St
$11.44 – $16.67
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Commemorating World Refugee Week and celebrating the artistic and cultural diversity of Yarra
This event is part of Emerge in Yarra 2016, a week long festival commemorating World Refugee Week and celebrating the artistic and cultural diversity of Yarra, spanning a multitude of workshops, theatre performances, cooking demonstrations, live music, storytelling, spoken word, comedy and conversations.
Music and poetry unite to tell a story of identity, belonging, migration, nostalgia, peace and conflict. The evening will feature performances by participants from MAV’s flagship interfaith spoken word program Common Ground, accompanied by the improvised music of Indian Bansuri maestro Vinod Prasanna, Senegambian kora player Amadou Suso, Hazara Damboora player Murtaza Jafari and and Javanese vocalist and percussionist Ria Soemardjo.
The evening will also include performances from Common Ground facilitators Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa and Abdul Hammoud.
Photo by John E Photography
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a first generation Australian Sikh spoken word poet, MC, producer, actor and human rights reformer.
Abdul Hammoud is a spoken word artist based in Melbourne by way of Lebanon, a country that he is still captivates by and connects to. Abdul has performed alongside poetic giants like Luka Lesson, Ken Arkind, Anis Mojgani, Sarah Kay, Taylor Mali and Shihan. He has also managed to teach numerous writing classes and workshops for schools and various organizations. His art has taken him as close as New Zealand and as far as the United States, as well as to his beloved home country. In 2013, he became founder of The Dirty Thirty online writing platform, an ever-growing group for writers to challenge themselves every April. He is now also editor and compiler of The Dirty Thirty Anthology, a collection of poetry from the page he coordinates. Most of his work revolves around current issues including the constant state of war in the Middle East, cultural division, as well as the portrayal of masculinity. He is also a full time student and an avid purveyor of starting books but not finishing them.
MSW Live is a new live streamed interactive talk show about all things spoken word and poetry in Melbourne. Hosted by Bennie, with guests each week, we’re going to chat about what’s going on in the world of spoken word, and interview guests, where the audience can ask questions too!
This week we chat to videographer, photographer and radio host, Brendan Bonsack.
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.