Wednesday, August 24 @ 6:30pm
1 Pitt St Brunswick
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WEDNESDAY EVENINGS for 6 weeks starting August 24th (-Sept 28th) – 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Are you ready to be Totally and Utterly Yourself?
To shine without fear of your own light?
To be Creative, Vulnerable and Radically Authentic… no matter how many people are watching you?
As a species, Public Speaking is one of our BIGGEST fears. Many of us spend our lives hungering for connection and depth only to struggle to fully let go when given the opportunity to be seen.
From writing to performance, Speak Up is a 6-week journey through the depths and power of the self through Spoken Word. Dive into what it means to be vulnerable, witness self-judgement and step into the empowerment of speaking your truths. Come out of this course with the confidence to make a difference in your life, whether that means standing up to your boss or starting your own business, speaking at a wedding, touring internationally or simply being more comfortable to be yourself.
This course is perfect for anyone wanting to build their confidence, their creativity or even to step back inwards towards a more authentic vulnerability. Whether you are an occasional public speaker, a yoga teacher, or just passionate about poetry this course will be beneficial and fun for you.
The non-compulsory theme for the last event of the year is ‘eroding confidence’. The night features a preview of writing from the Weathering the Future ekphrastic art exhibition, as well as the usual open mic slots.
Words Out Loud is a reading, poetry and open mic night held at The Printers Room. Ballarat Writers is pleased to co-organise this event and encourages members to come along for an evening of fine words and finer company. There is an open mic for people who wish to read their own work, or perhaps a piece by a favourite author. Poetry, prose and all forms of spoken word are most welcome. Bar snacks are available and the sound system is of a very high standard. The event is free, but a gold coin donation is appreciated (so much so, there’s a door prize for donors!)
Winner of September’s slam, Zuleyha Gurdag, performs ‘Woman’ at Slamalamadingdong on September 26, 2018 at The Melba Spiegeltent.
Zuleyha is a Melbourne born and raised poet who takes pride in her Turkish heritage and Australian nationality. Her passion and goal is to raise awareness of intersectionality and empower Muslim youth, particularly women, from the stereotypes and stigmas that surround them. For the long term run, she hopes to become a gynaecologist to advocate female independence and power in disadvantaged communities to change the gender roles accustomed to the people in her community and inspire women to reclaim their rights and increase their knowledge. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry, spending time with her cat and educating herself on interfaith dialogue and her Turkish history.
Tariro Mavondo performs ‘Black Boy’ at the closing night of the Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival at Howler Melbourne on June 3, 2018.
Tariro is a Melbourne/Naarm based artist who uses multiple disciplines to connect through creativity. Tariro writes and performs poetry as well as facilitates workshops around Australia. She sees art as a conversation, a dialogue and her practice focuses on creativity as a facilitator of change. She also works as an actor on the Australian stage (MTC, STC, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Red Stitch) and screen (Neighbours, Winners and Losers), has been an actor in the internationally acclaimed, awarding winning web series Shakespeare Republic and has done voice overs for La Trobe, AFLW and Thomas The Tank Engine (UK).