Word Travels produces innovative and engaging events for a range of different organisations. Our events are designed to custom fit your goals and brand in a clever and creative way. We have produced the Eye for an Eye Poetry Slam to help Amnesty International raise awareness about the death penalty, and an Indian Poetry Slam in partnership with ILASA to engage the local literary community for Parramasala. We have created guerrilla poetry, philosophical salons and pop up poetry puppet shows for Sydney Writers’ Festival, as well Spoken Four, an annual stalwart of their club night. For the Art Gallery of NSW we re-imagined quintessential historic American texts with live sound scapes and readings as part of their America : Painting a Nation exhibition. We have brought poets to the people at Newtown Festival and have launched books in a very live way for Pitt St Poetry and Inkerman and Blunt.
CASE STUDIES :
Troubadours and Minstrels for Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (2013)
As part of the Sydney Writers Festival, SHFA commissioned this series of spoken word and musical promenade performances in areas around the historic Rocks district. With over 120 people in attendance, these interactive literary tours introduced audiences to hidden parts of the district and presented a colourful spectacle in public places. Artists featured were a mix including local emerging writers as well as high profile international artist Anis Mosjgani.
Multilingual Poetry Slam for City of Sydney Council (2014)
Conceived as a way to engage a wide range of people as part of the Harmony Day celebrations, the Multilingual Slam was a way to allow people to express themselves in languages other than English. This culturally accessible format proved extremely popular, with over 200 audience in attendance and extensive media coverage in both Sydney Morning Herald and SBS World news. The event featured curated talent from Wiradgeri poet Lorna Munroe, Mongolian throat singer Bukhu and Zohab Zee Khan performing in Urdu. Alongside them, 25 community members discovered via an artist call out performed their original work in Spanish, Gaelic, Punjabi, German, Turkish and a host of other languages.