The Best Slam Poetry in Melbourne
Holly Bodeker-Smith | On 26, May 2015
Slam Poetry is a global phenomenon that has gradually found its place on the scene in Melbourne. The Creative Issue has hunted around and found a couple of the must-see Slam Poetry events in town.
First up is Slamalamadingdong, or Slamalama, for short. This oneâ€™s a true slam-roots poetry competition, and by far one of Melbourneâ€™s best-kept secrets. Once a month, its established community of writers, poets, creators, movers and shakers come together for an intense evening of poetry and performance.
Some of you may already be familiar with the world of Slam Poetry online (if not, start here and here). But walking into Slamalama goes unparalleled by any virtual experience. Itâ€™s like walking into the unfamiliar house of a long lost relative; despite not really knowing anyone in the room, itâ€™s easy to feel at home.
Michelle Dabrowski is the founder of Slamalama and hosts every event. Michelleâ€™s animated presence, the way she introduces each lonely wordsmith to the audience, reminds you that you have found just the right place.
The poets of the evening are of the highest calibre, hailing from Melbourne and beyond. Both the poets and the audience are fierce in all of their emotion; there is no holding back. If the audience likes something there is finger clicking and wooâ€™ing. Even in those moments when an unfamiliar silence stretches across the room, you can feel thoughts of encouragement floating above the crowd.
For those of you who want to jump straight into the all-intensity of slam poetry, Slamalama is the first one to tick off your list.
Held on the last Friday of each month at 24 Moons, 2 Arthurton road, Northcote.
Full price tickets are $12.00 and Concession is $7.00.
Book online beforehand to guarantee yourself a spot.
Check out their website for more details.
Voices In The Attic, Melbourne CBD
If youâ€™re after something a bit more low-key, Voices in the Attic at Ferdydurke is the place for you. A cross-genre open mic night, this too has an alarmingly familiar and welcoming atmosphere.
A lot of the magic of Voices In The Attic lies in the small size of the space. The performer stands in the corner of the room on equal ground to the audience, whom are often huddled in groups on the floor. The lack of room to move leaves an intimacy across the floor boarded space of FerdyDurke, which serves as a dance-floor on any other night of the week.
This one also feels a lot more relaxed; itâ€™s a good place to take a friend or a date, and itâ€™s a great place to start if youâ€™re thinking of giving performance a shot. There are 10 open mic slots at 5 minutes each and poets are invited to sign up for a slot by 6:45pm.
Held fortnightly on Tuesdays at Ferdydurke, Levels 1 & 2, 31 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne.
Entry is free, plus the team at Ferdydurk do an unbeatable hot dog for $6.
Check out theirÂ FacebookÂ for more details.
Whether youâ€™re intent on performing, or just sitting back and soaking up some live poetry, Melbourneâ€™s slam scene is something to keep an eye out for.
Photography by Gold and Grit Photography.