Friday, July 31 @ 7:30pm
2 Arthurton Rd Northcote
Has an Open Mic?
Registration for the slam is at 7pm sharp. Names drawn out of a hat at 7.30pm sharp.
There are 8 slots in the slam and an OPEN JAM section where poets and freestylers and invited to line up on the side of the stage to collaborate with the band. Featuring hip hop jazz band O'Stranger Tang. Much like in JAM SLAMS we have run in the past, Poets will have a chance to have a quick chat to the band to lay down some guidelines for the improv to happen on stage.
What would it look like if you gave yourself permission to say what you really want to say, be who you truly want to be in your own community and do exactly what it is you dream of doing on stage?
This month at Slamalama Artists are invited to do just that as we bend the rules of the slam to allow Poets, storytellers and wordsmiths of all disciplines to freely use costumes or props in the slam competition.
The theme of the night is PERMISSION and every facet of the night will cater to creating a space of allowance and freedom. So come with an open attitude ready to be lifted into what is possible when we give each other a yes.
Slamalamadingdong is part poetry slam, part ritual and at its core, a community coming alive on a monthly basis to support, uplift and inspire one another while celebrating oral storytelling traditions.
No other spoken word event in Melbourne facilitates a space where you can get inspired by ballsy passionate and top performing spoken word artists, get involved in the open jam section to a live jazz hip hop band with whatever freestyle or pre prepared vocals you are ready to bust out … and then celebrate on the dance floor to amazing soul, hip hop and funk music put on by the collaboration between Slamalama and 24 Moons with either a live band or DJ.
Whoah. That’s a bit of an arty party.
So this month the only two rules that apply in the slam are:
The three minute time limit and pieces presented must be original works.
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.