DOORS OPEN - 5.30PM
SHOW STARTS - 7.00PM
Dinner is available from 5.30PM - 8.30PM
Welcome to Story-Fest: 3 days of live literary mayhem, Oct 14-16. The festival opening event is the inaugural Sydney Slam.
Wordsmiths from all over Sydney unite to present a celebration of poetry slams and the spoken word!
Hear the top fifteen poets catapaulted from our Sydney heats go head to head for three spots in the NSW Final.
One Sydney Slam Champion will be offered a two-week residency at our cool studio space in The Rocks!
Judged by randomly chosen members of the crowd, this is a night of wild words where you can click your favourite poet to victory and boo the judges if they give the wrong score.
Host: Troy Wong
Troy is an English teacher by day, a spoken word poet by night, and an Australian Poetry Slam national finalist forever. When he isn't poeting or covered in children, he likes to take pictures of fruit.
Opening Address: Tanya Evanson
Tanya Evanson is a Montreal poet, performer, producer and director of the Banff Centre Spoken Word Program. She has released four audio recordings, six artist books of poetry, an award-winning videopoem and in 2013 received the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award and was Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken. A student of sufism and classically-trained whirling dervish since 2002, she presents Sufi whirling internationally with groups Niyaz (Iran-US), Mercan Dede (Turkey), Rumi Canada and Vancouver Rumi Society. She is currently on tour in support of her latest recording ZENSHIP.
Feature Poet: Sara Mansour
Sara Mansour is the co founder and artistic director of Bankstown Poetry Slam, the largest regular slam in the country. She has featured in Melbourne and Sydney slams and internationally in Auckland. For over four years, she has been using her voice to explore personal topical issues in a meaningful way and is currently working on a project that is delivering spoken word workshops to students across seven Western Sydney high schools. Her work was recognized earlier this year at the Out There Summit 2016 where she was awarded the Pemulwuy Prize 2016 by PM Turnbull for BPS' contributions to the Western Sydney community.
Australian Poetry Slam runs heats nationally from June - October, culminating in Regional, State and Territory Finals. Audiences choose powerful wordsmiths to tackle the mic at APS - National Final at Sydney Opera House on October 16 at 7pm .
One poet is chosen at Nationals to adventure out on an international writers' festival tour (among other cool prizes) as the Australian Poetry Slam Champion.