Saturday, October 17 @ 7:30pm
ACMI Cinema 2
Federation Square Flinders St Melbourne
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As part of ACMI’s monumental David Bowie Is exhibition, the literary cabaret Liner Notes will deliver a tribute to The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars. One of Melbourne’s best-loved spoken word events, Liner Notes is a song-by-song celebration of a classic album, featuring a stellar line-up of writers, poets, musicians and more exploring their personal connection to a musical legend – and this is unquestionably the year of that glam ham of wham, bam and thank-you-ma’am.
Join us as we salute Bowie’s masterpiece of sturm und drag, on which he introduced the world to the leper Messiah from outer space, Ziggy Stardust.Featuring special guests Mick Harvey, Erik Jensen, Angie Hart, Andy Griffiths, Hannah Gadsby, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Omar Musa, Luka Lesson, Yana Alana, Emilie Zoey Baker, Sean M Whelan and more SURPRISE AWESOMENESS. The MC Michael Nolan will deliver a potted history of Bowie and his flame-haired alter-ego, and the live LN band will rip through the hits like a stiletto caught on satin flares. Yes, they’ll likely take it all too far, but in their defence, boy can they play guitar…
Don’t miss an unforgettable night of stories, spoken word and songs, as we celebrate a starman surely even Richard Dawkins believes in.
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.
Miss Yankey performs ‘The Rose That Never Grew’ at Slamalamadingdong in March, 2019.
Miss Yankey is a British/Ghanaian Spoken Word artist; Founder of Poetry Prescribed; FLO Poet; Co-host and Resident Poet at The Chocolate Poetry Club; Open Mic Host at Mind Over Matter; and milli-tasking mother of twins. A passionate advocate of mental health and domestic violence awareness, she often writes poetry on these topics in a bid to takle the stigma attached to them.