Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:00pm
239 Lonsdale Street Chinatown
Has an Open Mic?
Only 10 spots on the open mic. Open mic registration at 6.45pm. Some spots available on their Facebook page on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Voices in the Attic, founded in February 2014, is a multi-genre open mic nestled in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. We welcome multiple forms of expression including poetry, storytelling, music, comedy, rap. However you choose to be expressive, share experiences, trust yourself and experiment we have space for you. Voices is held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. There are ten open mic spots with five minutes each. Open mic registration is at and 6:45 and open mic starts at 7pm.
Rowan White is an Anglo-Melbournian poet, spoken word performer, singer, activist, counselor, driving instructor and sometime disability support worker. Rowan’s writing explores themes such as the beautiful here and now and the problem of privilege. His style is personal and polemical, with a touch of dag. He likes peanut butter and jam on his toast every other morning. His favorite word in the universe is ‘glockenspiel’. Rowan’s first book is ‘Tailwind and other poems’, published in 2015.
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.