Sunday, May 22 @ 8:00pm
Flinders St Melbourne VIC
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Internationally recognized author and spoken word artist Shane Koyczan is coming to Australia for a highly anticipated tour this May!
Koyczan has emerged as a creator of poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice. In 2013, he collaborated with animators to make the anti-bullying viral video “To This Day” which has had over 13 million views.
Winner of the US Slam Poetry Championship and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, Koyczan is truly an extraordinary talent that has blown the dust off of the traditional designation “poet.”
Supported by Joel McKerrow and Charlotte Roberts
Joel McKerrow is a writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets. He is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEAR Australia’ and was the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships.
Walking in the footsteps of Edith Piaf, Rhiannon (of WeBe3), Laurie Anderson and Meredith Monk, Charlotte Roberts is a chanteuse; vulnerable and wild, she takes you on a musical journey from the ridiculous to the sublime. Deeply inspired by the music of Bjork, World Folk Music and Bobby Mcferrin, Charlotte has been described as what would happen if the Mad Hatter and Alice had a kid. In her varied arts practice she collaborates with dancers as an improvisational-looping vocalist and is currently touring her Cabaret show “Sounds From PlanetSOL”. In (many of) her performances; audience participation is a must. Charlotte guides you through a lyrical landscape as she introduces the musical medicine of Dr. Lalalulu and other characters, plays with body-voice-story improvisations, guiding you to your emotional depths to be shot out the other-side in a fit of laughter.
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.