Shows At The Melba
Slamalamadingdong: October Slam feat. Nour Abouzeid
Slama acknowledges that our slam takes place in Naarm, on 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.
It's our third open slam of the season, is this the month you grace our stage with an important story to tell?
This month we've got Nour Abouzeid, Slama veteran and Team Slama 2018 member featuring.
If you want to slam, registration opens at 6.30pm sharp and closes at 6.45pm. 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 next month's slam. It has to be used the following month though.
The top 12 from the season qualify for the Grand Slam, and the top 4 from the Grand Slam get invited to be on the 2019 Slamalamadingdong National Poetry Slam team, competing in international or national tournaments.
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, 2ND AND 3RD PLACE:
A FEATURED VIDEO ON MELBOURNESPOKENWORD.COM
Slam rego is 6.30-6.45pm
Doors Open 7pm
Slam starts 7.30pm SHARP
Early Bird: $15 (until Friday, September 14)
Adult/At Door Ticket: $20
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Pre-booking recommended and appreciated to avoid lineups and get the show started on time!
Nour Abouzeid is a generation Y Muslim Australian who has been frustrated with the world and has a lot to say. Having always enjoyed English and poetry, coupled with his love for hip-hop and conscious lyrics, spoken word poetry became for him the ideal artistic medium to fight misconceptions, challenge the status quo and try to assert with pride a Muslim identity.
Loud and outspoken, he is a regular on the Melbourne Slam scene, and has performed at many community and youth events and fundraisers in both Melbourne and Sydney. In addition to working closely with many local artists (including Luka Lesson and Omar Musa), he has also performed along side acclaimed international performers such as Amir Sulaiman, Mark Gonzales, Liza Garza, Sarah Kay, Phil Kaye and Boonaa Mohamed. He has also had the chance to perform in open mics in the UK and the USA, including the famous Nuyorican poets' cafe in New York City.
In 2009 He was a finalist in the Melbourne Writer's Festival Poetry Idol and in 2010 he became the Victorian State Champion in the Australian Poetry Slam and was again a state finalist in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. In 2012 Nour was selected as part of the Melbourne Slam Team that competed against New Zealand in the Trans-Atlantic Slam. In addition to performing he has run performance workshops including being part of a project headed by the national gallery of Victoria.
As an MC, he has hosted a multitude of events and fundraisers including those headed by Human Appeal International and the most recent Ilm Arts Festival in Melbourne.
When he's not doing that or his day job, he enjoys photography and collecting sneakers and Lego sets.