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Australia’s largest performing writer’s program, Word Travels’ Story-Fest returns on 13-15 October to Sydney, with three jam-packed days of poetry slams, forums, and live literary mayhem.

Story-Fest is partnering with the Government of Canada, to bring renowned Canadian slam king Ian Keteku to Sydney Opera House for theAustralian Poetry Slam – National Final on Sunday, Oct 15th.

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.

“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,” said Miles Merrill, Creative Director of Word Travels. “He will be backed by Canadian beat-boxing ukulele player Brad Morden.”

Story-Fest delivers an espresso hit of racial diversity and outspoken political confrontation.  “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,” Merrill said.

“This is a festival that celebrates the courageous, the creative, and the unspoken.”

The highlight of every annual Story-Fest is the electrifying Australian Poetry Slam Finals:

  • Sydney Slam Final: Hosted by Troy Wong, where the best of Sydney’s spoken word poets go head to head for three spots in the NSW Final at Sydney Dance Lounge, Walsh Bay.
  • NSW Poetry Slam Final: The voice of a state comes to life in one poetry packed night at State Library NSW, where two wordsmiths will be chosen to represent NSW in a National Final the next night.
  • APS National Final: 1000 poets, 20,000 live audience, 60 events across Australia – all rise to a thunder clap at Sydney Opera House, with the winner representing APS on a tour of writers’ festivals worth $11k.

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

WHAT: Word Travels’ Story Festival
WHEN: Friday 13 – Sunday 15 October, 2017
WHERE: Sydney Dance Lounge, State Library NSW, Sydney Opera House and Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

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