Friday, May 15 @ 7:00pm
180 Holmes Road Moonee Ponds
Has an Open Mic?
Speak Up is the Incinerator’s new program of poetry and spoken word nights that will run throughout the year, curated by local spoken word artist Jessie Giles.
Come and experience some of Melbourne’s finest spoken word performers and poets in the heart of a visual arts gallery. Hear the human voice ring out in a space that is usually reserved for ‘silent’ visual language.
Poet. Storyteller. Activist. Writer. Lyrical master rhyming tighter Soaring you higher; fire for the fighters Makes you feel as well as think To cut way deep inside ya; Styles of performance are many and varied Revolutionary polemics; Talmudic stories Back-snap chick-chack rhythmical rhyming To slow storytelling full mesmerising;
Liam Monkhouse aka Mista Monk is an MC with Afro-Jazz-Rap exponents Black Jesus Experience and formerly of Culture Connect. Presenting the personal and the political with dynamic flows and conscious word play, Monk bridges hip-hop aesthetics with spoken word poetics with emphatic results.
Gabriela Georges is a Melbourne-based singer-songwriter and poet who fuses the old and the new, experimenting with words ‘til she’s no longer blue. Using music and poetry to self-express, she writes on love, nature, grief and death. She sometimes rhymes words as she’s walking down the street; she likes her hip hop and hearing a good beat. She’s performed at the Melbourne Fringe, Sydney Fringe and Hare Hole, and had her work published in Offset, an arts journal.
Ebony MonCrief, raised in Birmingham, Alabama, is a writer, performance poet, inspirational speaker and producer of the open mic Voices in the Attic. Through words, she explores art, music, humanity, the universe and most importantly self. Her vibrant storytelling style engages, entertains and provides audiences with a honest look at the person behind the words.
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.