Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Slamalamadingdong! November Open Slam feat. Buki Hannaway

Slama acknowledges that our slam takes place in Naarm, on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded, no treaty was signed and it always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

It's our third fourth slam of the season, and that last one before our slam qualifier for women and non-binary poets is this the month you grace our stage with an important story to tell?

This month Buki Hannaway features for us. From the UK, she's been travelling around the world, and during her time visiting Melbourne, has been wowing spoken word audiences around the city.

If you want to slam, registration opens at 6.30pm sharp and closes at 6.45pm. It's $5 to enter but you get into the slam for free, even if your name isn't drawn. If your name isn't drawn, you can automatically get a spot in the slam for next month's slam. It has to be used the following month though.

The top 12 from the season qualify for the Grand Slam, and the top 4 from the Grand Slam get invited to be on the 2019 Slamalamadingdong National Poetry Slam team, competing in international or national tournaments.

ROUND 1: 12 POETS
ROUND 2: 6 POETS
ROUND 3: 3 POETS

1ST PLACE:
$50

1ST, 2ND AND 3RD PLACE:
A FEATURED VIDEO ON MELBOURNESPOKENWORD.COM

Slam rego is 6.30-6.45pm
Doors Open 7pm
Slam starts 7.30pm
Early Bird: $15
Pre-Booking/Concession: $18
Adult/At Door Ticket: $20

ABOUT BUKI
Last July Buki left her home Birmingham UK, with a “sort of-kind of plan” to travel the world and find herself…as you do, right? If you ask her why she, she’d ask you “if you lived in a mansion, would you spend your life in your bedroom?” 

The attitude behind Buki’s decision to embark on this life changing journey, is ever present in her art. Her poetry oozes with an unmasked personal freedom, ignited by a burning desire for self exploration. Through the use of words she has always been able to exist in her rawest form. From a very early age Buki found solace in expressing her often turbulent reality on paper. Fast forward a few decades and her unique offering of Word, Sound and Power has seen her open up for the likes of intellectual wordsmith Akala and iconic Jamaican dub poet Mutabaruka. 

Buki’s work is undeniably unapologetic, effortlessly emotive, and often deeply personal. Buki is an artist who writes from her own position of evolving truth. Buki infuses her diverse cultural background to unmask her unfolding journey, combining strength and vulnerability in her poetry. 

In the last year she has been busy navigating countless new environments, including 4 African countries and a 5 month stay in Thailand. Initially Buki thought she’d take to the stage in every country she visited, but this was not to be, as she got caught up doing the living that allows her to create. Unexpectedly, the buzzing spoken word scene in Melbourne Australia awoke the resting griot in Buki and she is now working on an EP for release next year.

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Slamalamadingdong! October Open Slam feat. Nour Abouzeid
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Slamalamadingdong! October Open Slam feat. Nour Abouzeid

Slama acknowledges that our slam takes place in Naarm, on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded, no treaty was signed and it always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

If you want to slam, registration opens at 6.30pm sharp and closes at 6.45pm. It's $5 to enter but you get into the slam for free, even if your name isn't drawn. If your name isn't drawn, you can automatically get a spot in the slam for next month's slam. It has to be used the following month though.

The top 12 from the season qualify for the Grand Slam, and the top 4 from the Grand Slam get invited to be on the 2019 Slamalamadingdong National Poetry Slam team, competing in international or national tournaments.

ROUND 1: 12 POETS
ROUND 2: 6 POETS
ROUND 3: 3 POETS

1ST PLACE:
$50

1ST, 2ND AND 3RD PLACE:
A FEATURED VIDEO ON MELBOURNESPOKENWORD.COM

Slam rego is 6.30-6.45pm
Doors Open 7pm
Slam starts 7.30pm
Early Bird: $15
Pre-Booking/Concession: $18
Adult/At Door Ticket: $20

ABOUT NOUR

Nour Abouzeid is a generation Y Muslim Australian who has been frustrated with the world and has a lot to say. Having always enjoyed English and poetry, coupled with his love for hip-hop and conscious lyrics, spoken word poetry became for him the ideal artistic medium to fight misconceptions, challenge the status quo and try to assert with pride a Muslim identity.

Loud and outspoken, he is a regular on the Melbourne Slam scene, and has performed at many community and youth events and fundraisers in both Melbourne and Sydney. In addition to working closely with many local artists (including Luka Lesson and Omar Musa), he has also performed along side acclaimed international performers such as Amir Sulaiman, Mark Gonzales, Liza Garza, Sarah Kay, Phil Kaye and Boonaa Mohamed. He has also had the chance to perform in open mics in the UK and the USA, including the famous Nuyorican poets' cafe in New York City. 

In 2009 He was a finalist in the Melbourne Writer's Festival Poetry Idol and in 2010 he became the Victorian State Champion in the Australian Poetry Slam and was again a state finalist in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. In 2012 Nour was selected as part of the Melbourne Slam Team that competed against New Zealand in the Trans-Atlantic Slam. In addition to performing he has run performance workshops including being part of a project headed by the national gallery of Victoria.

As an MC, he has hosted a multitude of events and fundraisers including those headed by Human Appeal International and the most recent Ilm Arts Festival in Melbourne.

When he's not doing that or his day job, he enjoys photography and collecting sneakers and Lego sets.

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Slamalamadingdong! September Open Slam feat. Sharifa Tartoussi
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Slamalamadingdong! September Open Slam feat. Sharifa Tartoussi

Slama acknowledges that our slam takes place in Naarm, on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded, no treaty was signed and it always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

It's our second slam of the season. Throw your name in the hat to be one of the 12 poets battling it out and sharing your work on stage.

Featuring the 2017 Victorian Poetry Slam Champ and Slama regular, Sharifa A Tartoussi.

If you want to slam, registration opens at 6.30pm sharp and closes at 6.45pm. It's $5 to enter but you get into the slam for free, even if your name isn't drawn. If your name isn't drawn, you can automatically get a spot in the slam for next month's slam. It has to be used the following month though.

The top 12 from the season qualify for the Grand Slam, and the top 4 from the Grand Slam get invited to be on the 2019 Slamalamadingdong National Poetry Slam team, competing in international or national tournaments.

ROUND 1: 12 POETS
ROUND 2: 6 POETS
ROUND 3: 3 POETS

1ST PLACE:
$50

1ST, 2ND AND 3RD PLACE:
A FEATURED VIDEO ON MELBOURNESPOKENWORD.COM

Slam rego is 6.30-6.45pm
Doors Open 7pm
Slam starts 7.30pm
Early Bird: $15
Pre-Booking/Concession: $18
Adult/At Door Ticket: $20

ABOUT SHARIFA
Sharifa A Tartoussi is a dental student, poet and performer. She is involved in several creative projects, most notably becoming half the founding party of GriffinSpeak; a spoken word event that creates space for voices from marginalised groups around Melbourne. Her style has been described as teetering on the boundary between the fire that warms and the fire that burns with a mix of traditional storytelling, millennial boundary pushing and raw emotion with influences from eastern and western art and literature owing to her traditional Arab upbringing in a western climate. She released her first Chapbook “ColourBlind” in early 2018

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Slamalamadingdong! August Slam feat. Anisa Nandaula
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

Slamalamadingdong! August Slam feat. Anisa Nandaula

Slama acknowledges that our slam takes place in Naarm, on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded, no treaty was signed and it always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

Welcome Team Slama back from the US and throw your hat in the ring for the first slam of the 2018/19 season. We kick off the season with our first open slam and the first chance to qualify for next year's Grand Slam.

Featuring Queensland spoken word artist, the 2016 QLD Poetry Slam Champ and 2016 Australian Poetry Slam runner-up, Anisa Nandaula, on her Australian tour.

If you want to slam, registration opens at 6.30pm sharp and closes at 6.45pm. It's $5 to enter but you get into the slam for free, even if your name isn't drawn. If your name isn't drawn, you can automatically get a spot in the slam for next month's slam. It has to be used the following month though.

The top 12 from the season qualify for the Grand Slam, and the top 4 from the Grand Slam get invited to be on the 2019 Slamalamadingdong National Poetry Slam team, competing in Oakland, California, USA, in August.

ROUND 1: 12 POETS
ROUND 2: 6 POETS
ROUND 3: 3 POETS

1ST PLACE:
$50

1ST, 2ND AND 3RD PLACE:
A FEATURED VIDEO ON MELBOURNESPOKENWORD.COM

Slam rego is 6.30-6.45pm
Doors Open 7pm
Slam starts 7.30pm SHARP
Early Bird: $15 (until Friday, August 17)
Pre-Booking/Concession: $18
Adult/At Door Ticket: $20

ABOUT ANISA
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

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Slamalamadingdong! "New Shit" Slam featuring Team Slama
Jul
26
7:30 PM19:30

Slamalamadingdong! "New Shit" Slam featuring Team Slama

Join Slama for July to send off Team Slama to the National Poetry Slam, and warm up for the new season. This month it's a special off-season "new shit" slam where first time slammers get their name in the hat twice, and poets who've slammed before have to do brand new poems, at least in the first round. It's to encourage new poets and challenge regulars. We can't wait for a fresh new season with new poets and new poems.

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Team Slam feat. Manal Younus
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Team Slam feat. Manal Younus

With the Grand Slam over and Team Slama decided, we're in the off season, it's time for some fun to get the team ready for slamming as a Team and to show y'all what it's like.

Four teams are going to compete in this special 4x4 Team Slam. Teams of 4 compete over 4 rounds, presenting both group and individual pieces.

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Grand Slam featuring wāni
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Grand Slam featuring wāni

The biggest night of Slama's year, the Grand Slam brings together our top 12 poets from the past season on one stage to decide the Grand Slam Champion, and the four poets travelling to the United States in August to compete in The National Poetry Slam. Featuring the 2017 Grand Slam Champ, wāni.

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