Past Events


Poetry Tour: A storytelling journey
Sep
8
to Sep 9

Poetry Tour: A storytelling journey

Saturday 8 September
Session 1
- 1pm - 1.30pm
Session 2 - 2pm - 2.30pm

Sunday 9 September
Session 1
- 1pm - 1.30pm
Session 2 - 2pm - 2.30pm

 

Poetry Tour: A storytelling journey

Walk the line between truth and fiction as four wordsmiths, hidden in the MCA Galleries, emerge to tell you their side of a story. Be guided through the themes of Sun Xun’s incredible exhibition and be taken on an unconventional storytelling journey.

Presented in collaboration with MCA as part of Conversation Starters: Truth or Dare, a weekend of art, questions and discussion – inspired by the work of Sun Xun.

 

About the poets

Elliot Cameron
Elliot is a spoken word artist, poet and educator based in Sydney. In 2017, he was a finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam Sydney Final and Bankstown Poetry Slam. Elliot has been involved with the Rumble Youth Poetry Slam Workshops and the 2018 WORD LIVE performance responding to MCA Collection exhibitions Word and Jon Campbell.

Jesse Oliver
Jesse is a Perth-based slam poet known for his conversational style and exploration of lived experiences including homelessness, gender transition and mental illness. Reigning Adult Champion of the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam, Jesse has appeared on national platforms, including the Emerging Writers Festival, the National Young Writers Festival and the Australian Poetry Slam National Final.

Srisha Sritharan
Srisha is an Australian-born Tamil poet who explores contemporary socio-politics through spoken word performance. In 2017, she won the Australian Poetry Slam NSW State Final and appeared in Vertigo Magazine and ABC Lateline. Her recent work 'FAKE NEWS’ features her winning slam over Kendrick Lamar's 2015 track ‘These Walls’.

Eunice Andrada
Eunice is a Filipina poet, journalist, lyricist and teaching artist based in Sydney. Featured in The Guardian, CNN International, ABC News and other media, she has also performed her poetry in diverse international stages, from the Sydney Opera House and the deserts of Alice Springs to the United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris. Eunice co-produced and curated Harana, a series of poetry tours led by Filipina-Australians in response to the Passion and Procession exhibition in the Art Gallery of NSW. Her first poetry collection Flood Damages (Giramondo Books) was published earlier this year.

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Would you like a poem with that?
Sep
8
to Sep 9

Would you like a poem with that?

Saturday 8 September
Session 1
- 11.30am - 12.30pm
Session 2 - 3pm - 4pm

Sunday 9 September
Session 1
- 11.30am - 12.30pm
Session 2 - 3pm - 4pm

 

Would you like a poem with that?

Sit face to face with a professional poet while sipping tea (and taking in the view) at the MCA Cafe. Pick a word and watch the wordsmith forge it – armed with Sun Xun’s philosophies on truth – into rhythm, rhyme or balladry. Free with any purchase from the MCA Cafe.

With spoken word artists Srisha Sritharan, Elliot Cameron, Jesse Oliver and Eunice Andrada.

'Would you like a poem with that?' is a collaboration between Word Travels and MCA as part of Conversation Starters: Truth or Dare, a festival of art, questions and discussion – inspired by the work of Sun Xun.

 

About the poets

Elliot Cameron
Elliot is a spoken word artist, poet and educator based in Sydney. In 2017, he was a finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam Sydney Final and Bankstown Poetry Slam. Elliot has been involved with the Rumble Youth Poetry Slam Workshops and the 2018 WORD LIVE performance responding to MCA Collection exhibitions Word and Jon Campbell.

Jesse Oliver
Jesse is a Perth-based slam poet known for his conversational style and exploration of lived experiences including homelessness, gender transition and mental illness. Reigning Adult Champion of the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam, Jesse has appeared on national platforms, including the Emerging Writers Festival, the National Young Writers Festival and the Australian Poetry Slam National Final.

Srisha Sritharan
Srisha is an Australian-born Tamil poet who explores contemporary socio-politics through spoken word performance. In 2017, she won the Australian Poetry Slam NSW State Final and appeared in Vertigo Magazine and ABC Lateline. Her recent work 'FAKE NEWS’ features her winning slam over Kendrick Lamar's 2015 track ‘These Walls’.

Eunice Andrada
Eunice is a Filipina poet, journalist, lyricist and teaching artist based in Sydney. Featured in The Guardian, CNN International, ABC News and other media, she has also performed her poetry in diverse international stages, from the Sydney Opera House and the deserts of Alice Springs to the United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris. Eunice co-produced and curated Harana, a series of poetry tours led by Filipina-Australians in response to the Passion and Procession exhibition in the Art Gallery of NSW. Her first poetry collection Flood Damages (Giramondo Books) was published earlier this year.

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Joelle Taylor - Spoken Word Performance and Workshop
Aug
29
6:00 PM18:00

Joelle Taylor - Spoken Word Performance and Workshop

Performance: 6:00pm – 6:30pm (free entry)

Workshop: 7pm – 9pm ($45.40 general, $31.68 concession)

Book tickets here

To celebrate the launch of award-winning poet Joelle Taylor's powerful new collection ‘Songs My Enemy Taught Me’ the artist is performing a selection of works for the public. 

Impassioned, compassionate and fearless, the collection follows the journey of women’s experiences globally, from small moments of oppression through everyday incidents of resistance, toward ultimate rebellion. 

Following the spoken word performance, Joelle will run a workshop on creating powerful work with a focus on social change.  

This performance and workshop is a collaboration between Word Travels, Writers Republic. and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

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TEDx Sydney 2018
Jun
15
12:00 AM00:00

TEDx Sydney 2018

Come along to TEDx Sydney 2018 to witness an inspiring array of speakers and performers showcasing films, talks, performances and debates on the theme 'HumanKind'.

Miles Merrill, the founder and Creative Director of Word Travels and the Australian Poetry Slam, will be speaking at the event about the importance of spoken word.

Our 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Champion, Solli Raphael, will also be featuring, performing spoken word at the event, from relatable kid experiences to environmental activism.

For more information or to book tickets, click here.

 

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The Rumble Youth Slam Final 2018
May
5
6:00 PM18:00

The Rumble Youth Slam Final 2018

Let's get ready to Rumble!

Sydney’s biggest annual youth poetry slam is back. Young poets spit with eloquence and wit, representing their communities in an all-out battle of spoken word and hip hop. You can listen, perform or even be a judge. Each poet has three minutes to shine.

The Rumble Youth Slam Final will take place on May 5th as part of the 2018 Sydney Writers' Festival. If you're 12 to 18 years old and and have something to say, this is your platform.

Hosted by Performing Writer and past Rumble Champion, Emily Crocker and featuring 2017 Rumble Champion, Georgia Chapman.

To sign-up to perform, shoot us an email at info@wordtravels.info

To book tickets head to the Sydney Writers' Festival page here.

For more information follow The Rumble on Facebook or check out the event here.

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C-Town Rumble
Apr
20
5:00 PM17:00

C-Town Rumble

Join us for a C-Town Rumble and hear from Campbelltown’s freshest young Spoken Word Artists. Each artist gets only three minutes to perform. No props, costumes, or music. Just a microphone and the power of their words. Judges are randomly selected from the audience and the top performers will go on to represent Campbelltown at the NSW Rumble Final, held at Sydney Writers Festival on Saturday 5 May.

Need a ride? Youth Off the Streets will be providing buses to assist young people and their families to attend this event. Please contact Youth Off the Streets to arrange a pick up time and location on 02 8796 6700 or email info@youthoffthestreets.com.au.

Youth Off the Streets will be providing a free community barbeque from 5pm.

To find out more information check out the Facebook event here or Campbelltown Art's Centre's website here.

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Fairfield City Rumble Poetry Slam Night
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Fairfield City Rumble Poetry Slam Night

Thursday, 19 April, 6pm - 7.30pm

SLAM night!

Are you ready to show off your talent? Join other local writers, rappers and performers as they take to the stage to compete for the chance to represent Fairfield at the NSW Rumble Final held at Sydney Writers Festival on Saturday 5 May, Riverside Theatre in Parramatta.

Sign up today or on the night. Registration on the night opens 5.30pm.

The SLAM is on at:
Whitlam Library Cabramatta
165 Railway Parade
Cabramatta, NDSW 2166

Phone: 9725 0333
Email: libraryenquiries@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au
Web: www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/library

Transport Information

By public transport the closest train station is Cabramatta Station (200m). The nearest bus stop is Cabramatta Interchange (200m).
By car the nearest parking station is Dutton Lane Car Park, located on Dutton Lane.          

 

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Fairfield City Rumble Slam Poetry Workshops
Apr
4
to Apr 19

Fairfield City Rumble Slam Poetry Workshops

  • Whitlam Library Cabramatta (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Wednesday, April 4, 4pm - 5.30pm
Wednesday, April 11, 4pm - 5.30pm
Thursday, April 19, 4pm - 5.30pm

Are you a writer, rapper, poet or performer? Be mentored through the process of writing and performing your own work at 3 free Rumble Youth Poetry workshops then show off your talent at the Poetry SLAM night on the 19th April [for ages 12 -18 years].

Workshops are delivered by talented spoken word artist, poet and educator Elliot Cameron who is a NSW Australian Poetry Slam, Sydney Slam, and Bankstown Slam finalist. Come and learn from the best - Elliot who grew up in Fairfield can be seen performing on Youtube.

Poetry SLAM: Write, Rap, and Let it All Out!

Workshops and SLAM are held at:
Whitlam Library Cabramatta
165 Railway Parade
Cabramatta, NDSW 2166

Phone: 9725 0333
Email: libraryenquiries@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au
Web: www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/library

Transport Information

By public transport the closest train station is Cabramatta Station (200m). The nearest bus stop is Cabramatta Interchange (200m).
By car the nearest parking station is Dutton Lane Car Park, located on Dutton Lane.    

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C-Town Rumble Slam Poetry Workshops
Mar
21
to Apr 11

C-Town Rumble Slam Poetry Workshops

Wednesdays, 21st, 28th March, 4th and 11th April | 5pm – 8pm

Got something to say? Come to our free workshops in spoken word, rap and poetry. No props, costumes or music. Just you, the mic, and the power of your voice. If you are young and have a way with words then come meet some of the best Slam Artists around.

Following the workshops, you will be given a chance to show off your talent at the C-TOWN RUMBLE to be held at Campbelltown Arts Centre during Youth Week on Saturday 21st April from 5pm til late. The winner from this event will go on to represent Campbelltown at the NSW Rumble Final, held at Sydney Writers Festival on Saturday 5 May.

Transport Information
Need a ride? Youth Off the Streets will be providing buses to and from the Koch Centre to assist young people to attend these workshops. 
Please contact Youth Off the Streets to book a pick up time and location
Phone 02 8796 6700 | Email info@youthoffthestreets.com.au.

For more information check out the Facebook event here or Campbelltown Arts Centre's website here.

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Multilingual Poetry Slam 2018
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Multilingual Poetry Slam 2018

Love language? Listen up!

Poets are invited to perform at the 2018 Multilingual Poetry Slam in their native language and share a three minute window into:

- Who they are.

- Where they're going.

- What they believe in.

This unique multilingual literary event is a proud part of the IN OTHER WORDS Festival and will be hosted by Sirine Demachkie, feature 2018 winner Hasitha Adhikariarachi and be followed by a short musical performance by Zaya Barroso.

Come along and listen or take part as multilingual writers perform poetry, share stories, croon lyrics, or monologue ideas about identity, culture and community…in various languages!

If you're interested in performing shoot us an email at info.wordtravels.info. Otherwise come down and sign-up at 7pm.

Whether you’re a proud performer or cheering crowd, join the diverse conversation.

For more information follow us on Facebook.

Also check out the IN OTHER WORDS Festival for more events going on!

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Poetry Slam Night: Your WORD
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

Poetry Slam Night: Your WORD

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Speak, scream, sing or whisper! One microphone, 20 poets, a live audience, 2 minutes and 5 randomly selected judges. Join us for this anarchic night of poetry slamming featuring you and your words.

Interested in taking part? Performers please arrive 30 minutes before the event to sign up. 

Hosted by Philip Wilcox.

About Philip Wilcox
Multi-award winning poet, Philip Wilcox, is the 2015 Australian Poetry Slam Champion and a two time NSW Poetry Slam Champion. He has wowed audiences with his lyrical prowess at writers and music festivals across the Asia-Pacific. philip-wilcox.com

Cost: Free

Location: MCA, Level 2

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Spoken WORD-Shop

Feb
3
2:00 PM14:00

Spoken WORD-Shop


  • Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Do you want to slam? Your words and voice are the most powerful things you have. In this Spoken WORDShop, 2015 Australian Poetry Slam champion Philip Wilcox will provide you with the tools and techniques to find, explore, create and convey your personal poetic protest.

Buy Tickets here

Location: MCA Creative Studios, Level 3

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WORD Live
Feb
3
1:00 PM13:00

WORD Live

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Inspired by the WORD & Jon Campbell: MCA Collection exhibitions, three poetry slam artists bring their own lyrical protest march to the MCA. Spanning the political and the personal, these three masterful wordsmiths tackle some of Australia’s biggest issues with powerful poetry performed solo and in duets. Featuring artists Lizzie Kelly and Elliot Cameron as 'Paper Cranes, Please' and 2015 Australian Poetry Slam Champion, Philip Wilcox.

Cost: Free

Location: MCA Drop-in Galleries, Level 1

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