8 Events You Must See at The Queensland Poetry Festival
Tess Church | On 14, Aug 2016
The Queensland Poetry will be returning for its 20th year packed full of film, performance, panels, music, comedy and of course poetry.
The festival will commence at the Judith Wright Centre from August 25th â€“ 28th and will feature 50+ events. This yearâ€™s QPF is titled â€˜Lost Language, Foundâ€™ and will have a strong first nation and Indigenous focus with events featuring Melissa Lucashenko, Sam Wagan Watson and the presentation of the inaugural Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize.
The Creative Issue has compiled a list of 8 sessions that are a must see for any poetry-lover, writing-fanatic or creative mind!
The Duke & the Prince:
This session pays tribute to two of the greatest artist to have passed in the last few months â€“ Prince and Bowie. The tribute will feature many forms of spoken word, poetry, music, dance and hip-hop from local artists such as The Stress of Leisure, Zenobia Frost, Eleanor Jackson and many more. Details: Thursday 25th of August from 8:30pm â€“ 9:30pm at Shopfront.
Life on Mars: Tracy K Smith:
Sit in on a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K Smith as she discusses her body of work that is at times whimsical, political and meditative and focuses on what it means to be American. Included in the conversation will be her works Life on Mars and recent memoir Ordinary Light. Â Details: Friday 28th of August from 11:30am at Shopfront.
Kalyakoorl: Literary Cabaret:
Join a prestigious group of artists including songstress Gina Williams, poet and memoirist Tracy K Smith, 2016 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence and Booker Prize shortlisted author Jeet Thayil, Steven Oliver, Indian poet Tishani Doshi and Indigenous Poet in Residence Sam Wagan Watson. Details: Friday 26th of August from 7:30pm at Performance Space.
Cost: From $30
BeyoncÃ© Formation Dance Workshops with Amrita:
Join professional dancer Amrita Hepi in a beginners dance class that is for all bodies, shapes, sizes and genders. This class will help you learn all the dips and twirls of Beyonceâ€™s clip Formation from her album Lemonade. This session is a great way to make new friends while also working up a sweat.
Details: Two sessions available on Saturday 27th of August at Expressions Dance Company Studio. Cost: $22.50
Many Waters Rise: Lyrics & Poetry Panel:
Join a panel of songwriters and artists and they explore the relationship between songs and poetry and where lyrics are born. This session will feature Grant McLennan Fellowship recipient McKisko, Canadian spoken word artist and musician Moe Clark and multiple-ARIA winning songwriter Archie Roach.
Details: Sat 27th of August from 3:45pm at Shopfront.
Raw Styles: Under Hip Hop Night:
Enjoy a night if freestyle, politics and dancing with the nationâ€™s more hard-hitting underground hip-hop artists. Join Morganics, MC Wire with local legend Rainman as they bring their words of wisdom in the form of hip-hop.
Details: Saturday 27th of August from 8:30pm at Shopfront.
Kurilpa Storytelling Session:
This salon is a must see highlighting the stories from masters across the globe! This set will feature Indigenous & First Nation storyteller from Australia, Canada, India and Aotearoa. See Sam Wagan Watson, Melissa Lucashnko, Alison Whittaker, Joanne Arnott, Robert Sullivan and Jeet Thayil in an unforgettable night.
Event: Sunday 28th of August from 2:45pm at Shopfront.
You Are Here: Pooja Nansi:
This performance piece with commissioned for the Singapore Writers Festival in 2015 as a part of Checkpoint Theatreâ€™s What I Love About You Is Your Attitude. This is a developmental presentation about a woman who is planning her wedding in Singapore and is explore her past. With themes of immigrations, loves story and family history, this is one festival session not to be missed.
Details: Sunday 28th August from 4:00pm at the Judith Wright Centre.
Although we have only featured eight events here, make sure you look out for other international guests and artists by checking out the entire festival programme on the Queensland Poetry Festival website here. Remember 75% of the festival events are free so donâ€™t miss out on an insightful and unforgettable experience!
What: The Queensland Poetry Festival
When: Thursday, August 25th â€“ Sunday, August 28th 2016
Where: Judith Wright Centre
Image Credits: Queensland Poetry Festival.