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Jul
27
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Open Your Eyes (OYE) Disability Equality Training

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Would you like to create inclusive environments dedicated to equality and authentic representation of people with disability? Engage confidently with disabled artists and audiences?

Spoken Word is thrilled to be offering Open Your Eyes (OYE) Disability Equality Training, Arts Access Victoria’s (AAV) comprehensive introduction to disability equality tailored specifically for the arts industry. AAV has been a leader in access and disability related professional development for over 40 years.

OYE provides an understanding of the needs of people with disability, along with skills and knowledge that can be immediately implemented in any organisation, group or project. OYE engages and challenges participants in such a way that it transforms fear into confidence.

This training workshop will cover: 

  • Defining disability and understanding its social context

  • Best practice language on disability 

  • The Social Model of Disability 

  • Understanding barriers to inclusion, participation and engagement

  • Knowing your obligations around access and inclusion

  • The creative case for inclusion, beyond compliance  

The Melbourne Fringe Festival Producer had this to say after the workshop: 

“The Open Your Eyes disability awareness and equality training is an essential foundation workshop for absolutely everyone. It places access and inclusion within a social context and in a very short time allows the participants to dismantle preconceived ideas about disability – even when those ideas have been well-meaning and, in some ways, effective – and rebuild their understanding based around the Social Model. It's a mix of educating about what practical steps and processes can be taken to build a more accessible and inclusive society, along with an exploration of dreaming big: imagining a world where all barriers to participation have been removed.”

The OYE facilitators are artists with disability, skilled at using their creative talents to illuminate complex issues around access and inclusion.

Jo Dunbar

Jo Dunbar is a choreographer, director and facilitator with 20 years’ experience in the professional arts industry. Originally from the UK, Jo has worked and trained across multi-art platforms with various arts companies in the UK, Europe and, now, Australia.

In 2011, she founded Australia’s first dance company for deaf and hard-of-hearing performers, The Delta Project. Born profoundly deaf and bilingual in both English and Auslan, she is passionate about all things diverse, experimental and inclusive.

As a facilitator, Jo is skilled at helping participants to draw learning from themselves and each other.

Leisa Prowd

Leisa Prowd has been working at Arts Access Victoria since 2007 to make the arts more accessible for all and is one of the lead facilitators of the OYE Disability Equality Training.

Leisa is an international dancer, performance artist and life model. She joined the inclusive theatre ensembles of the award-winning Rawcus Theatre Company in 2016, and the acclaimed Weave Movement Theatre Group in 2014. She is currently developing both solo and collaborative performances here and overseas.

Leisa’s natural humour and personal anecdotes help to connect participants to the material in a very relatable way.

General Admission: $40

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party, and two workshops)

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Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Extended Metaphor with Slam Champ Mic Ting
Jul
27
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Extended Metaphor with Slam Champ Mic Ting

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2018 Individual World Poetry Slam champion Mic Ting leads a two-part workshop on the use of extended metaphor in slam followed by a breakdown of performance tactics for increasing stage presence and mastering effective delivery. Workshop will cover how to build a compelling extended metaphor and deliver it in a way the audience will never see coming.

General Admission: $40

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party, and two workshops)

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Jul
21
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Empowering sensual desires in poetic voice with Fleassy Malay

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Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to present a special MSWPF workshop with poet Fleassy Malay on erotic poetry.

Even in 2019 Sexuality and Desire are two topics which hold a deep social taboo. We have been shamed into silence, into quietening our voices, muffling them into late night whispers in the dark. What if you could not only write your eroticisms, desires, longings, tenderness, sensualities and seductions…but speak them with as much heart as you felt when you wrote them?

In this class, we will explore erotic writing, delving into the power that comes from speaking our truths with courage and authenticity. You will get the chance to write and speak your own erotic poetry, reframing what "eroticism" is and how to approach it linguistically.

This course is designed to be a supportive space for people of all performance/writing experiences, gender identities and sexualities. No one will be forced to share what they write and the topic will be approached with playfulness and care.

General Admission: $30

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party, and two workshops)

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Jul
21
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: A Practical Guide to Chapbooks (for Spoken Word Artists)

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Do you want a chapbook of your very own, but don’t know what to do next? Or maybe you’ve had an idea for yonks, but never quite got it off the ground. This workshop aims to give you the tools and impetus to produce your own chapbook. Together, we explore setting intentions, defining success, the drafting and editorial process, the layout and printing process, marketing and distribution, and how to do it all in a way that sustains your creative energy.

General Admission: $30

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party, and two workshops)

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Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: Luka Lesson - The Transformative Moment

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Luka Lesson has spent the last 13 years facilitating workshops for poets of all levels of experience in many countries across the planet. This particular process will focus on a pivotal moment in the participants’ life as the central point of a new poem - as well as performance techniques and individual feedback. Luka brings this workshop from his annual Rhodes Poetry Retreat program to the Melbourne Spoken Word Festival, and it is his only public workshop in Melbourne for 2019.

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General Admission: $60 (includes free Luka Lesson notebook)

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Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: New Ways of Seeing with Stephanie Dogfoot
Jul
20
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: New Ways of Seeing with Stephanie Dogfoot

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Spoken word has an undeniable radical history. Today, however, spoken word performers often get accused of preaching to the choir and performing political consciousness for points. How can spoken word keep helping us to confront power within ourselves and our communities? How do we use it to create new ways of seeing and talking about the world? How do you unite people and make a point without sounding like everyone else?

In this workshop, writers will explore writing and performance techniques drawn from a range of art forms such as stand up comedy, improv and storytelling to experiment with the many possibilities of spoken word. We will also draw on examples of spoken word from around Southeast Asia to learn from the many ways the art form has evolved in various communities in the face of different struggles around the world.

General Admission: $40

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party, and two workshops)

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Jul
20
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Mastering the Microphone with Meena Shamaly

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Does the physical microphone scare you? Do you freak out at having to adjust a mic stand? Do you wonder if you're too close or too far away from the microphone or people can hear you clearly? Poet and sound guru Meena Shamaly guides you through the confusing world of mastering the microphone, the stage, and how you sound to your audience.

General Admission: $30

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party, and two workshops)

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Jul
14
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Writing Haiku

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Myron Lysenko has been teaching contemporary haiku since the end of the twentieth century. Although there is a general perception that a haiku is a 17 syllable poem in a 5/7/5 structure, this is not the kind of haiku that is being written and published today by the world haiku community.

Myron will show examples of haiku and will teach you how to compose haiku and how to use specific techniques to achieve this.

Myron is the Victorian Regional Officer of The Australian Haiku Society.

General Admission: $30

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party and two workshops)

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Jul
14
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Preparing a Poetry Book Manuscript

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Melbourne Spoken Word invites you to a special MSWPF workshop as part of our series of workshops at Siteworks. Poet and convener of La Mama Poetica facilitates a workshop on preparing a poetry book manuscript.

So, you want to put together a poetry book. There is much to consider before you ask the question: should I self-publish or submit to a publisher? This workshop will focus on the questions to explore initially and give you tips on making your collection publication ready. Which poems should be included? How should they be ordered for best effect? Should there be an overarching theme? When does a poem written for performance sit well on the page, and when should the poem make its home on the stage or in an audio publication? Amanda will explore these questions with you, and help you create a vision and a plan for your poetry manuscript.

General Admission: $30

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party and two workshops)

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Jul
14
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Performing your Poetry

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Melbourne Spoken Word invites you to a special MSWPF workshop where poet and experimental artist, Scott Wings facilitates a workshop on performing your poetry.

Scott Wings is a poet-meets-Physical-theatre practitioner. This workshop compiles his experience as a performance maker from a spoken word background. How does a poem become a show? How does text sit within theatre? How do we stay conscious of our body and the role it plays in storytelling?

Scott has been asking these questions in his own practice for over ten years. In this Melbourne Spoken Word workshop he doesn’t aim to answer them, but open up your curiosity of poetry as vibrant theatre.

General Admission: $30

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party and two workshops)

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Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Poetry, a Framework for Power Threat Meaning

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Melbourne Spoken Word invites you to a special MSWPF workshop as part of our series of MSWPF workshops at Siteworks. Poet Henry Briffa hosts a workshop on confessional poetry.

Poetry, like therapy, offers the words to say it; ways to create more hopeful narratives about our lives and the difficulties we have faced or are still facing. These stories contribute to self-worth, meaning and identity. We will:

  • consider work by poets who have written about personal difficulties

  • think about what works in these poems

  • we might write from our own woundedness or from our strength and power

  • consider the importance of supporting other writers and our inner poet

(Please bring 2 objects (or photos) representing strength & vulnerability)

General Admission: $30

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party, and two workshops)

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Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: The Art of Engagement

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Melbourne Spoken Word invites you to a special MSWPF workshop as part of our series of MSWPF workshops at Siteworks. Poet wāni Le Frere hosts a workshop on decolonizing spoken word spaces.

The Art of Engagement unpacks the bumpy business of decolonizing socially engaged art practice in an Australian context as well as critically analyzing the ways in which we engage the diversity of communities both in our practice as well as organizing. This workshop looks to find ways in which we can learn to create, develop and unpack spaces in which cultural safety, awareness and engagement are the centre. Presented by wāni Le Frere, an emerging critical race theorist and artist, as well as a few special guests.

General Admission: $30

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party, and two workshops)

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Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Fresh Voices with Arielle Cottingham

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Melbourne Spoken Word invites you to a special MSWPF workshop as part of our Fresh Voices series supported by Yarra Libraries. Fresh Voices supports the new and emerging in our spoken word scene and this workshop is reserved just for those new or newish to spoken word.

Poet, dancer, and performance artist Arielle Cottingham will lead a workshop focused on writing for performance, with an emphasis on weaving performance aspects into the writing process and using the voice and body to further carry the words we write to an audience accustomed to the multiple stimuli of the present day.

Bookings essential. Will book out quickly, but please do not book if you’re not sure of attending. If you cannot make it after booking, please cancel your booking to allow someone else to attend.

Accessibility: Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library is a fully accessible venue. There is a lift to the Community Room on level 2 and the library has an accessible Changing Places toilet as well as hearing loops on request.

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