In partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival, the Immigration Museum plays host to its first Sunday salon evening, a social gathering inspired by language, words and storytelling.
Specially curated stages by Melbourne’s own spoken word luminaries Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa and Nour Abouzeid present mic-droppingly good local poets and performers from diverse backgrounds.
Spoken word artists Amal Ibrahim, Meena Shamaly, Farah Beaini, Magan Magan, Charlotte Laurasia Raymond and ZIIMUSIC bring a multitude of styles and mother tongues to invoke the power of community, ancestors and traditions of oration.
Tackling themes of identity and belonging, they speak up with voices variously described as liquid and lyrical, sassy and soulful, powerful and punchy.
Songwriter and musician Aarti Jadu drops in for a far-ranging interlude that traverses Indian music, chanting, electronic and ambient genres.
Illimine enact their own kind of silent poetry with Collected Odysseys – Black Sea, an installation featuring thousands of inked books and a durational writing performance.
They approach The Odyssey as a narrative, a journey, a material book and a process of questioning and telling one’s own story, referencing contemporary journeying in both its positive and harrowingly tragic manifestations.
Enjoy an intimate atmosphere, fresh narratives, museum exhibitions and winter-warming food, chai, and wine from Noisy Ritual.
All ages welcome; adult themes and language explored.
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a first-generation Australian Sikh spoken-word artist, educator, performer and human rights reformer. She is passionate about diversity and the importance about visibility in the performing arts and her work provokes conversations around identity, feminism, and the power of uncomfortable conversations.
Nour Abouzeid is a Melbourne-based poet and spoken-word artist. A regular on the Melbourne poetry slam scene, he was the Victorian state champion in the 2010 Australian Poetry Slam and has continued to perform and run workshops in Australia and abroad. Nour is also part of the Melbourne Slam Team this year representing Australia at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago.
Amal Ibrahim is a writer and poet based in Melbourne. Her work explores the way identities intimately intersect. She has read her work at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, the Digital Writers Festival and the Emerging Writers Festival, among others.
Meena Shamaly is a composer, artist, multi-instrumentalist and performance poet based in Melbourne, Australia. He is a hybrid creative with a hybrid identity, who quenches his thirst for stories by creating music and poetry. His music covers a wide range of styles and sensibilities and often intersects with his poetry. He is part of international production house EON Sounds, working on various film, TV, video game, and production library projects.
Farah Beaini is a spoken word poet and writer, interested in exploring stories of identity and belonging in an age of constant movement. Often described as liquid and lyrical, her work is grounded in authenticity and vulnerability, and often tackles difficult conversations within the community. She has regularly written for, featured and performed in events and festivals that celebrate multiculturalism and diversity, including the Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival and Multicultural Arts Victoria's Emerge Festival. Through her poems, she invites you to think about the fears that cobweb our lives, what we stand to lose by holding on to them, and what we gain when we let them go.
Magan Magan has read his work at the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Young Writers Festival and the Emerging Writers Festival, and La Mama Poetica. His work has been published in Hyde magazine, literary arts journal ‘Offset’, Cordite Poetry Review and anthologies ‘Shots From The Chamber’, ‘Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry, and Australian Poetry. Magan is currently co-editing forthcoming anthology ‘Growing Up African In Australia’ and is publishing his first collection of poems, titled: From Grains to Gold, later this year with Vulgar Press.
Charlotte Laurasia Raymond is a Melbourne poet who uses poetry to explore identity. Recently publishing her first collection of works The Melanin Monologues – A Charlotte’s Web, her work focuses on the intersections of identity, the integration of culture, and the emotions that manifest in presenting as a queer woman of colour. She has featured at Mother Tongue, Griffin Speak, Girls on Key and is three time winner of Slamalamadingdong. Her work has featured in DJed Press and she has been a support act for One Thousand Promises and Arielle Cottingham. She has recently featured at the Emerging Writer's Festival and been published by the Federation for Ethnic Communities Council of Australia.
ZIIMUSIC is a Naarm based creative blending his artistry into a soulful experience. Originally from Zimbabwe, ZIIMUSIC began his creative career as a rapper and musician where he has had the privilege of performing in and around Naarm where his band have performed at festivals and sold out venues. 2017 saw ZIIMUSIC step into the spoken word scene as part of the Band Of Brothaz, compromising some of Naarm’s most decorated spoken word artists. ZIIMUSIC is on the 2018 Slamalamadingdong National Poetry Slam team from Australia travelling to Chicago in August.
Illimine is an international collective of multimedia artists, performers and academics. Illimine practices a transdisciplinary dialogue around gesture, duration, expanded poetry, and site-specific art. Its way of working is entirely non-hierarchical, with ownership of intellectual and artistic property shared between all contributors to the process of thinking / doing. This translates into durational performances integrated with multimedia installations. Illimine has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally since 2013, with exhibitions at Counihan Gallery (Melbourne); MAAM, DIF (Rome, Italy); Lucarini Contemporary, Trevi (Italy); Performance Arcade (Wellington, NZ).
Aarti Jadu acquired a sampler no earlier than mid 2017, and after spending some time in semi seclusion is now ready to debut her first recorded production. This performance pays respect to her many influences and practices, from Indian music and chanting to ambient and songwriting. Her notable works include Quiet Earth a collaborative album with Matt Coldrick (2016), collaborations with electronic artists such as Kaya Project, Pan Electric, Shunya, High Tea, and Tincture, a series of experimental intimate art performances, designed to create mindful listening.