Word Travels’ Story-Fest returns to Australia this October

Including the Australian Poetry Slam Finals! (Dates: 13–15 October 2017)

Ian Keteku, photo courtesy of the Artist

Story-Fest, in conjunction with the Australian Poetry Slam Finals, will be returning to Australia this 13th to 15th October as Australia's largest performing writer’s festival.

Poetry Slam Finals will be held in the Sydney Opera House on the Sunday, and Ian Keteku, renowned Canadian slammer will be guest-hosting the event.

Keteku will also headline Spoken Four, Story-Fest’s expansion in Western Sydney. This slam poem showdown sees four master wordsmiths twist electric verbs and wield noun bombs in breathtaking back-to-back sets to live DJ beats at Penrith’s Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Friday, Oct 13th.

Photo Credit: From the event organisers

As stated by Miles Merrill, Creative Director of Word Travels,

“Blending slam poetry with Afrofuturist hiphop, Keteku — a World Poetry Slam Champion, has shared the mic with members of Wu-Tang Clan and legendary American rapper and slam poet Saul Williams.. He will be backed by Canadian beat-boxing ukulele player Brad Morden.”

On the general vibe of energy and racial diversity of the festival, Merill added,

“Australian-Sikh Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, known for her hard-hitting address on Australian racism on Australia’s Got Talent, will join Keteku, alongside Afro-Latino feminist poet Arielle Cottingham, who won the 2016 Australian Poetry Slam, and Troy Wong, whose racially-charged work draws from working at Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, will host the Sydney Slam Final. This is a festival that celebrates the courageous, the creative, and the unspoken.”

The Story Fest program will also feature a series of activities, children’s workshops and events which are set to be announced soon.

For more details, please visit the event Website: www.wordtravels.info

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