Words from the heart of Australia, the heart of Africa
The good people from Carlton North's Afro Hub have started a poetry slam night! On the last Thursday of every month, they'll be hosting an Afro Hub Poetry Slam open mic night, with the inaugural event starting this Thursday, 27th October from 6:30pm.
Each event will feature a poet from the Melbourne Afro scene. To register and perform, you must sign up by 6pm for a 6:30pm start. For those in the audience, the entry is $10 at the door. People who register will receive free entry.
At each Afro Hub Poetry Slam night, the audience are also given the opportunity to perform with the feature artist.
Afro Hub, and in turn, the Afro Hub Poetry Slam open mic nights, cements its position as a cultural centre and cultural event for creative and expressive African Australians to showcase their talents. Afro Hub invites anyone who is interested in exploring the diverse food, arts and culture of Africa, the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent.
This month, Afro Hub Poetry Slam will feature poet/storyteller Soreti Kadir Soreti, a Melbourne-based poet and writer of Oromo descent, is also one of the co-founders and serves as the Directing Manager of In Our Own Words, an NGO focused on self-awareness, de-colonial thinking and community empowerment.
Spoken word artist, writer and community organiser Soreti Kadir
The event will also be hosted by Abe Nouk, a Melbourne-based Sudanese-born spoken-word poet, MC and an author whose craft developed from a realisation of the freedom of speech.
The event can be enjoyed with share plates and snacks to order from the East African-inspired menu and wash the food down with a range of African beers, wines and African-inspired cocktails.
About Afro Hub Afro Hub fosters and cultivates African Australian talent, showcasing the following creative and cultural endeavours:
These are all created by Melbourne-based artists hailing from various countries on the African continent.
The multi-purpose venue on Nicholson Street in Carlton North is a mix of café, bar, retail space and gallery, with themed events held regularly. From now until December 2016, Afro Hub will celebrate the culture of East African countries including Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan.