your city. your microphone. your blank page

The 2019 Melbourne spoken word & Poetry Festival

July 12 - 28

The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival features more than 60 events over 18 days, with spoken word performances, poetry readings, open mics, slams, workshops, featuring the voices of the local Melbourne poetry scene alongside international and interstate guests. With 31 events with open mic sections, this festival is not just about listening but participating.

Copy of Mic Ting

we’re bringing the world poetry slam champion - mic ting - to Melbourne

Michael ‘Mic’ Ting from Oakland, California took out the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam in San Diego last year, making him the #1 ranked slam poet in the world. He headlines a firebrand line-up of poets including Tenda McFly, Bill Moran, Claire Gaskin, John Englezos and Rania Ahmed. Hosted by Ziimusic. All part of our closing night party on Sunday, July 28 at Howler in Brunswick. Doors open 5pm.




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2019 program

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 We’ve got a golden ticket!

As part of MSWPF19, Melbourne Spoken Word is offering a limited special golden ticket. For $100, a golden ticket gets you into our amazing opening night showcase, our closing night party and two MSW workshops of your choosing.

Hurry, because w'e’re only selling 20!

Can you help us get mswpf19 off the ground?

Unfortunately, Melbourne Spoken Word didn't receive the grants we applied for, grants that were meant to help us with extra costs including promotion and program printing. Those print programs that you may have seen floating around our city last year are a passport to help get punters and people who've not been to a poetry gig before to our festival to introduce them to the power of spoken word and poetry.

In the last couple of weeks, we've been raising money to get the program off the ground. We've raised $1,700 in just over a week, and if we could raise at least another $1,000 in the next week, that'd help make this program a reality.


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