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April Poetry Slam featuring Soreti

  • The Melba Spiegeltent 35 Johnston Street Collingwood, VIC, 3066 Australia (map)

Slamalamadingdong acknowledges that our event takes place on stolen land, 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.

Slama invites you to our Apri slam, our last slam before May's Grand Slam! We're bringing you a special feature performance from Soreti.

We've seen her wow audiences around Melbourne for many years, and excited to bring her to the Slama stage, which is long overdue.

If you want to slam, show up at 6.30pm sharp to sign up. 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 the next open slam.

The top 12 from the season qualify for the Grand Slam in May, and the top 4 from the Grand Slam in May get invited to be on the 2018 Slamalamadingdong National Poetry Slam team, competing in Chicago, USA, in August.




Slam rego is 6.30-6.45pm
Doors Open 7pm
Slam starts 7.30pm SHARP
Early Bird: $15 (until Wednesday, April 16)
Pre-Booking/Concession: $18
Adult/At Door Ticket: $20

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

"The points are not the point. The point is poetry."
- Marc Smith (SO WHAT!)

Soreti, known also as Hawiine, is a female, Oromo, multidisciplinary creative who's expression includes but is not limited to performance poetry, writing, music, organising and entrepreneurship. Her work draws on the density of her experience to speak to the silences in our collective conversation’s on freedom, equity, womanhood, injustice and progress. She is passionate about her people, about the global indigenous experience, about seeing the continent of her birth embrace itself, about increasing her own and our awareness on the racial and gender dynamics that hold us back and about every person on this earth knowing of and living through their inherent greatness. Soreti’s artistic and leadership journey has seen her speak, perform, collaborate and lead in a variety of contexts across so-called-australia and the wider world, from the international aid and development industry, grassroots community organising, festivals, conferences, panels and numerous poetry features. 2015 saw the release of her debut book of poetry, Siyaannee, and at the end of 2017 she released Prides Claw, a compilation of musical spoken word poetry. 2018 is to be a year of great expansion, with her second book of poetry, short essays, stories and prose, Prides Paw, to be released and a whole lot more in the way of art and change making. Her deepest desire is to contribute to the process of our world confronting the many wrongs that occupy it and bringing in a restorative process of justice to help us move closer towards peace and equity for all.

Later Event: May 31
Grand Slam featuring wāni