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.
Every second Wednesday, behind the bookshelf in Sooki Lounge’s secret downstairs ‘nook’, you will find a collection of Belgrave’s local creatives opening their chests and sharing their heart with one another.
An incredibly supportive environment where each poet is greeted with genuine applause.
Winner of the Midsumma Festival Queer Poetry Slam, Nikki Viveca, performs ‘Asexual Love Poem’ at the Malthouse Theatre.
Queer comedienne Nikki Viveca is a prolific performer in standup, spoken word and improv. Her solo storytelling shows include The Lazy Show, about her love affair with laziness, and Asexual Healing, about her lack of interest in actual love affairs. She has been a featured performer three times at women’s spoken word night Mother Tongue, as well as appearing in many queer and alternative events such as Trans Magic, Taint and Lemon Comedy. She can be seen at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Three Dollar Bill, Completely Improvised Potter and her new solo show, The Cake Bride.
In its 4th year, the Arts Queensland XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word is Australia’s only national arts award that recognises the growing field of spoken word and is named after the former 2010 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, Emily XYZ, who left a deep impression on many of today’s Queensland spoken word artists. It is open to applicants Australia-wide.
The winner receives $1,000 and publication with Melbourne Spoken Word.
Previous winners include Quinn Eades, Benjamin Wild, and Manna Marvel.
The 2018 Selection Panel was Daisy Lavea-Timo, Benjamin Solah.
Winner: Anisa Nandaula / I hate you
Anisa Nandaula is the 2016 Queensland poetry slam champion, the runner up Australian poetry slam champion and nationally renowned poet. This published poet has performed her work at festivals around the country such as the Queensland poetry festival, Townsville Multicultural festival, Women of the world festival and African Australian film festival. Her unique and captivating exploration of identity and politics has been showcased at the Sydney Opera house, Slama Lama ding dong in Melbourne and Adelaide writers center. Her combination performance, engaging use of language and profound ideas can capture the heart of any audience. She is a published author releasing her debut collection titled Melanin Garden.
Highly Commended: Joel McKerrow / The Brave Ones
Joel McKerrow is an award winning writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets having performed for hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world since 2010. Based out of Melbourne, Australia he is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEAR Australia’ and was the co-founder of community arts organisation, ‘The Centre for Poetics and Justice’ (2010-2013). Joel was the third ever