Shows At The Melba


22 February

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Slamalamadingdong acknowledges that our event takes place on stolen land, the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded, no treaty was signed and it always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

Slama invites you to our first slam of 2018, featuring Tariro Mavondo and the third last slam of the season, before May's Grand Slam.

We're excited to welcome back Tariro Mavondo as our first feature of 2018, a previous guest of Slama back in the Bella Union days. Tariro is an amazing spoken word performer working across multiple disciplines.

If you want to slam, show up at 6.30pm sharp to sign up. It's $5 to enter but you get into the slam for free, even if your name isn't drawn. If your name isn't drawn, you can automatically get a spot in the slam for the month after.

The top 12 from the season qualify for the Grand Slam in May, and the top 4 from the Grand Slam in May get invited to be on the 2018 Slamalamadingdong National Poetry Slam team, competing in Chicago, USA, in August.

ABOUT SLAMA Slamalama (for short) is a 3-round PSI-certified Poetry Slam, held on the last Thursday of every month, which means it's 3 rounds of poets, performing 3 minutes per poem for the chance to represent Australia in worldwide poetry slams.

ROUND 1: 12 POETS ROUND 2: 6 POETS ROUND 3: 3 POETS 1ST PLACE: $50 1ST, 2ND AND 3RD PLACE: A FEATURED VIDEO ON MELBOURNESPOKENWORD.COM "The points are not the point. The point is poetry." - Marc Smith (SO WHAT!)

ABOUT TARIRO Tariro is a Melbourne/Naarm based artist who uses multiple disciplines to connect through creativity. Tariro writes and performs poetry as well as facilitates workshops around Australia. She sees art as a conversation, a dialogue and her practice focuses on creativity as a facilitator of social change.

Her spoken word short film 'Home' has screened in national and international festivals and was awarded best film at the Heart of Gold International Film Festival in 2016 as well as receiving best craft at the Dungong Festival Short Film Competition the same year. Tariro also works on the Australian stage and screen and has been an actor in the internationally acclaimed, awarding winning web series Shakespeare Republic.

Tariro trained at the Victorian College of the Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts in 2011 and was awarded the Irene Mitchell Award for excellence. She has since undertaken more training in California in 2015-2016 at The Tamalpa Institute with legendary artist and teacher Anna Halprin, who is known for the Life Art Process.

Tariro also underwent training in 2017 in South Africa at the University of SA in Pretoria in Decoloniality Studies. Tariro also founded and produced Africa's Got Talent Australia for three years and was a founding member of Still Waters African Women's Storytelling Collective and the Centre for Poetics and Justice.

In 2018 Tariro is looking forward to sharing the next incarnations of her artistry that is centred around manifestations and healing.

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