Spoken Four

Bringing together some of the world’s best slam poets - with a DJ - to deliver back-to-back sets of powerful verse, inspirational stories, provocation and humour.

Spoken-word artists sourced from around Australia and the globe deliver back to back sets of powerful verse and breathtaking stories.

Canadian poet, author, artist and musician Ian Keteku is headlining this event, along with spoken word artist Sukhjit Khalsa and poetry slam champion Arielle Cottingham with Philip Wilcox hosting

Ian Keteku’s poetry is an articulation of a generation’s heartbeat. Keteku is a two time national slam champion and the 2010 World Poetry Slam champion.He has showcased his poetry and art all over the world and shared stages with some of the biggest names in music and literature. He uses his voice to inspire messages of peace, action and critical thought.

Can art really bring about positive social change, help break down barriers, and raise awareness about local and global issues? Ian Keteku sure thinks so – and he’s proving that words, music and pictures can make a difference every single day.
— Ottawa Focus

Sukhjit Khalsa is a Melbourne based spoken word artist, workshop facilitator, actor, producer, MC & human rights reformer. Born and brought up in Perth, Sukhjit’s is a first generation Sikh storyteller whose poetry tackles core social issues like gender inequality, identity crisis and feminism. She recently won the hearts of people across Australia with the raw honesty of her performance on Australia’s Got Talent.

Arielle Cottingham is a poet and performance artist out of coastal Texas, now based in Melbourne. Her poetry ranges from raw vulnerability to provocative politics, exploring how the personal influences the public, and vice versa. In addition to writing and performing, Arielle is one of the creative producers for Slamalamadingdong.

Multi-award winning poet, Philip Wilcox, is the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion and a two time NSW Poetry Slam Champion. He has featured in major events like Sydney Writers’ Festival, Wollongong Writers’ Festival and Newtown Festival, where he performed for a crowd of over 8,000.

Philip Wilcox challenges audiences with a strong mix of humour and the kind of political insight that steers distinctly clear of the didactic or prescriptive. He asks us questions about our humanity that are frank and difficult to answer. He has us laughing one minute, then suddenly realising that deep down we are the butt of his jokes. He causes people to howl, scream and leap to their feet cheering with thoughts echoing in their heads like “Wait? Shouldn’t I be upset? He’s actually talking about me?”. In the midst of all the applause, he gracefully returns his smoking microphone to it’s melting stand and burns into our imaginations like a poetic brand.

Miles Merrill, Director of Word Travels, Founder of The Australian Poetry Slam

Schools

Student $18 / 1 teacher free per 10 student tickets purchased

Teachers: download the booking form here.

General Public $18

Featuring Ian KetekuSukjhit KhalsaArielle Cottingham

Hosted by 2015 Australian Poetry Slam Champion Phil Wilcox

Accompanied by a live DJ

  • Friday, Oct 13 2017 12:00pm (schools)
  • Friday, Oct 13 2017 7:30pm

Spoken-word artists sourced from around Australia and the globe deliver back to back sets of powerful verse and breathtaking stories.

Canadian poet, author, artist and musician Ian Keteku is headlining this event, along with spoken word artist Sukhjit Khalsa and poetry slam champion Arielle Cottingham with Philip Wilcox hosting

Ian Keteku’s poetry is an articulation of a generation’s heartbeat. Keteku is a two time national slam champion and the 2010 World Poetry Slam champion.He has showcased his poetry and art all over the world and shared stages with some of the biggest names in music and literature. He uses his voice to inspire messages of peace, action and critical thought.

Can art really bring about positive social change, help break down barriers, and raise awareness about local and global issues? Ian Keteku sure thinks so – and he’s proving that words, music and pictures can make a difference every single day.
— Ottawa Focus

Sukhjit Khalsa is a Melbourne based spoken word artist, workshop facilitator, actor, producer, MC & human rights reformer. Born and brought up in Perth, Sukhjit’s is a first generation Sikh storyteller whose poetry tackles core social issues like gender inequality, identity crisis and feminism. She recently won the hearts of people across Australia with the raw honesty of her performance on Australia’s Got Talent.

Arielle Cottingham is a poet and performance artist out of coastal Texas, now based in Melbourne. Her poetry ranges from raw vulnerability to provocative politics, exploring how the personal influences the public, and vice versa. In addition to writing and performing, Arielle is one of the creative producers for Slamalamadingdong.

Multi-award winning poet, Philip Wilcox, is the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion and a two time NSW Poetry Slam Champion. He has featured in major events like Sydney Writers’ Festival, Wollongong Writers’ Festival and Newtown Festival, where he performed for a crowd of over 8,000.

Philip Wilcox challenges audiences with a strong mix of humour and the kind of political insight that steers distinctly clear of the didactic or prescriptive. He asks us questions about our humanity that are frank and difficult to answer. He has us laughing one minute, then suddenly realising that deep down we are the butt of his jokes. He causes people to howl, scream and leap to their feet cheering with thoughts echoing in their heads like “Wait? Shouldn’t I be upset? He’s actually talking about me?”. In the midst of all the applause, he gracefully returns his smoking microphone to it’s melting stand and burns into our imaginations like a poetic brand.

Miles Merrill, Director of Word Travels, Founder of The Australian Poetry Slam

Schools

Student $18 / 1 teacher free per 10 student tickets purchased

Teachers: download the booking form here.

General Public $18

Featuring Ian KetekuSukjhit KhalsaArielle Cottingham

Hosted by 2015 Australian Poetry Slam Champion Phil Wilcox

Accompanied by a live DJ

ENGLISH – STAGE 5 – Investigates the relationships between and among texts, Experience through Language
ENGLISH – Areas of Study (Prelim – Belonging; HSC – Discovery) – how belonging and discovery are conveyed through the representations of people, relationships, societies, places, events and ideas that they encounter in texts of their own choosing
ENGLISH – History & Memory
SOCIETY & CULTURE – Intercultural Communication, Social and Cultural Continuity & Change
ABORIGINAL STUDIES – Aboriginality & the Land, Heritage & Identity

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