Friday, March 27 @ 7:00pm
Has an Open Mic?
To participate in the open mic, you need to:
- sign up and download Discord (it's free)
- join our Discord channel: https://discord.gg/uzBD8M
- enter your name to sign up in the channel #open-mic-sign-up
- We want to keep this in the family at least for this one at least so please leave a little bio and a social media link or two to verify you're from Melbourne or Victoria
- When the open mic starts, you can hang out in the stream watching and when it's your turn, we'll video call you and bring you online where you can share.
- Please make sure your mic and video works and is clear, test it with a friend before hand. Make sure your internet connection is stable. If you can connect to the internet over ethernet/wired connection rather than wifi, that'd be best.
- Please keep it to one poem and under 5 minutes so we can have as many people share as possible.
Melbourne Spoken Word wants to help the spoken word and poetry community in Melbourne and Victoria during these times of self-isolation.
As events and open mics can’t be held IRL at the moment, we’d love to host an open mic to allow people to share their work online, as well as continue to share and support other initiatives from the spoken word community.
We’ll be hosting this free open mic online on Twitch.tv on Friday night, where people can either share a poem or tune in to watch. You can support MSW hosting these initiatives by donating via the stream, if you’re able to.
Tune and watch via our Twitch channel: twitch.tv/melbspokenword and participate in the audience by typing in emojis and the chat. We’ll have fun ways for the audience to participate.
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.