Slamalamadingdong! New S%^t Slam feat. Jasmine Waiters
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Slamalamadingdong! New S%^t Slam feat. Jasmine Waiters

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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.

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Slama invites you to our new s$%t slam in June, where it's all about new poets and new poems. Poets who have never entered Slama before get two names in the hat so get twice the chance of being drawn, plus all poets must perform poems they've never performed at Slama before, ever, and if you want to challenge yourself that little bit extra, bring fresh fresh fresh poems that you've never performed anywhere before. Plus Round 2 will be a free write round you write in the break, with words and prompts suggested by the audience.

Plus for June we have a very special feature travelling all the way from California, Jasmine Waiters, who we met over at NPS last year so we're super excited to have her in Melbourne.

ABOUT JASMINE WAITERS
Jasmine Waiters is an emerging spoken word poet from California who has performed on local, national, and soon to be international stages. Jasmine is also on the verge of releasing her first collection of poems, "Before We Were Magic". As an artist, she often uses a combination of raw truth, relentless imagery, and ambitious metaphors as a means for commentary and expression.

THE SLAM
Slama is a three-round poetry slam, judged by random (but fairly represented) members of the audience. You've got 3 minutes to perform a poem of your own original work, with no props or costumes. For this month, all poems must never have been performed at Slama before and round 2 is a free write round.

The top 6 from the first round go to the second round, and the top 3 from the second round's cumulative scores go to the final round, and one is crowned winner each month. 1st place wins $50 cash and a video on the Melbourne Spoken Word video channels.

If you want to slam, you have to show up at 6.30pm sharp and at 6.45pm, we draw 12 names from the hat. This month if you've never performed at Slama ever before, you get your name in twice. It's $5 to enter. For off-season slams, there's no automatic entry for the following month if your name isn't drawn, but we'll try and squeeze a few extra people into the slam.

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

Pre-booking recommended and appreciated to avoid lineups and get the show started on time!

ACCESSIBILITY
The Melba Spiegeltent is a fully wheelchair accessible venue. Gender Neutral toilets are available. Slama is accessible to all ages.

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Slamalamadingdong! Cover Slam feat. Pola Fanous
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Slamalamadingdong! Cover Slam feat. Pola Fanous

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.

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Slama invites you to a special off-season slam this May, hosting the cover slam where slam poets will battle it out performing the poems of their poetic heroes. Poets will acknowledge and pay tribute to the poets that inspire them in this special slam. Same rules apply elsewhere, 3 minutes, no props or costumes, but the poetry must NOT be your original work.

And we have a special feature for you, NSW Poetry Slam Champ Pola Fanous visiting from Sydney.

POLA FANOUS
Pola Fanous (@polathepoet) is a young spoken-word poet and performing artist from Western Sydney. An Egyptian-born immigrant, at age 20 he has featured at the Parramatta, Granville & Bankstown Slams, and at events Australia-wide. In 2017, Pola performed at the Digital Writers’ Festival, The Plot Music Festival and the Parliament House of Australia. In 2018, Pola competed in the Australian Poetry Slam Final at the Sydney Opera House and was appointed the 2018 NSW Slam Champion! “STRONGSOFT” is his debut collection of poetry.

THE SLAM
Slama is a three-round poetry slam, judged by random (but fairly represented) members of the audience. You've got 3 minutes to perform a poem no props or costumes. For month only, the poem is from a poet other than yourself, with acknowledgement and credit at the start.

The top 6 from the first round go to the second round, and the top 3 from the second round's cumulative scores go to the final round, and one is crowned winner each month. 1st place wins $50 cash. We may not produce videos this month due to people performing other people's work.

If you want to slam, you have to show up at 6.30pm sharp and at 6.45pm, we draw 12 names from the hat. It's $5 to enter. For off-season slams, there's no automatic entry for the following month if your name isn't drawn, but we'll try and squeeze a few extra people into the slam.

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

Pre-booking recommended and appreciated to avoid lineups and get the show started on time!

ACCESSIBILITY
The Melba Spiegeltent is a fully wheelchair accessible venue. Gender Neutral toilets are available. Slama is accessible to all ages.

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Slamalamadingdong! Grand Slam feat. Tenda McFly
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Slamalamadingdong! Grand Slam feat. Tenda McFly

STOLEN LAND
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.

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Slama invites you to our biggest night of the year, our 2019 Grand Slam where the top poets from a season of slams compete for the title of Grand Slam Champion, and once again for a place on Team Slama, this year competing against slams from around Australia coming here in July.

Warning, get your tickets quickly because this has sold out the past two years.

Featuring our amazing 2018 Grand Slam Champion, Tenda McFly.

The 2019 Grand Slam Finalists are:
Sharifa Tartoussi
Morgaine van Wingerden
Zaynab Farah
Thabani Tshuma
Eben Rojter
Charlotte Raymond
Jason Voss
Cam Gleeson
+ at least the top 3 from the Slamalamadingdong! Last Chance Slam

Poets will compete over three rounds, with exact numbers in each round to be confirmed, but the field will be roughly halved each round.

The winner takes home $100, a fancy trophy, their video published on Melbourne Spoken Word's video platforms and more prizes to be announced.

THE FEATURE
Tenda McFly is a rapper and spoken word poet living and working in Melbourne. His material is mesmerizing and thought-provoking, offering a youthful intelligence that is representative of both his life experience and his generation. In 2018, he won the Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam and travelled to Chicago for the National Poetry Slam.

Instagram: @Tendacanfly
Website: Tendacanfly.com

Doors Open 7pm
Slam starts 7.30pm SHARP
Adult: $24.19
Concession: $21.62
Ticket prices inclusive of booking fee

ACCESSIBILITY
Howler is a fully wheelchair accessible venue.

2018 Grand Slam Champ, Tenda McFly

2018 Grand Slam Champ, Tenda McFly

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Slamalamadingdong! Last Chance Slam
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Slamalamadingdong! Last Chance Slam

STOLEN LAND
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.

THE LAST CHANCE SLAM
We have spots to give out for the Grand Slam. This is your last chance to qualify for the Slamalamadingdong! Grand Slam feat. Tenda McFly to compete for a spot on Team Slama competing against slams from around the country in July.

At least the top 3 from this slam will qualify for the Grand Slam, and anyone sitting on 1 point from appearing in a second round since August will qualify if they make it to the second round in this slam.

We're also asking poets that if you're already qualified for The Grand Slam, can't make the Grand Slam on the 26th or won't be around Melbourne to be on the team if you qualify, that you leave this slam for those that want to get on the team.

Same rules. No repeating poems you've already slammed with this season. Three rounds. $50 cash and a video as a prize for the winner. 3 minutes. No props, no costumes etc. And your 5 random judges in the audience.

Rego is from 7pm. We kick off right on 7.30pm. It's $5 to enter the slam. We'll draw at least 12 names from the hat and maybe more.

You can read about the rules on the Slama website: http://slamalamadingdong.com.au

Slam rego is 7pm
Doors Open 7pm
Slam starts 7.30pm SHARP
$5 or $10 on the door

ACCESSIBILITY
Siteworks is a fully accessible venue, but please let us know if you have any access requirements so we can make sure you're looked after.

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Slamalamadingdong! Gender Outlaw Slam feat. Amy Bodossian
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Slamalamadingdong! Gender Outlaw Slam feat. Amy Bodossian

We kick off the year with our first ever Gender Outlaw Slam. This is an invitation slam where we invite the top women and non-binary poets from the previous calendar year to compete in a three-round slam where they are crowned Slama's Gender Outlaw Champion and potentially qualify for a regional or international tournament for women and non-binary poets, like Women of the World Poetry Slam in the US.

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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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