The spoken-word scene in Melbourne is vibrant, inclusive and thriving. Let's introduce a note of an unhealthy audience competition, shall we?
Lingo Bingo is a fun night out for spoken-word regulars and newcomers alike. Curated and hosted by Abdul Hammoud, you'll see a line-up of great local poets performing their work.
Audience members will get bingo cards filled with words. As the speakers perform, you'll cross off the words as you hear them – one at a time – until at last you can bellow 'BINGO!' across the Wheeler Centre, winning prizes and eternal glory.
It's a chance to see some of Melbourne's stalwart spoken-word favourites and acquaint yourself with exciting new artists on the scene. Bring friends and open ears or brush up on your rhyming slang and bring your ruthless senior-citizen vibes.
Please note, audience members will be sitting at tables for this event. Come with friends or join a table. Drinks will be available for purchase.
Abdul Hammoud is a spoken word artist based in Melbourne by way of Lebanon. He teaches writing classes and workshops for schools and organisations that are looking to explore new avenues of expression and identity.
His art has taken him as close as New Zealand and as far as the United States, as well as to his beloved home country. In 2013, he became founder of The Dirty Thirty online writing platform, an ever-growing group of currently more than 2000 writers who want to challenge themselves every April. Shortly after, he became editor and compiler of The Dirty Thirty Anthology, a collection of poetry from the page he coordinates.
Thabani Tshuma is Zimbabwean born and raised, living abroad for the greater part of the last decade. His work is influenced by the myriad identity challenges of the diaspora, expatriates and immigrants, while also addressing awareness around addiction, mental health and generational trauma.