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Lingo Bingo


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This event has been cancelled as part of our preventative measures to stem the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. If you have tickets for this event, we’ll be in touch with you directly via email.

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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

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 wel... Read more

Thabani Tshuma

Thabani Tshuma is a multi-award-winning Zimbabwean writer and performance poet. His work can be found in publications such as Dichotomi magazine, Cordite Poetry Review, CUBBY ART, and ABC ArtWorks’ SLAMMED. Thabani is co-curator of Thin Red Lines and his debut collection, The Gospel of Unmade Crea... Read more

Sharifa Tartoussi

Sharifa Tartoussi is a poet and spoken word artist based in Melbourne. Her work focuses on identity politics and the struggles and triumphs of existing in a world that is constantly debating her right to do so. Her work has seen her on several stages across Victoria and New South Wales over the pas... Read more

Tenda McFly

Tenda McFly is a rapper and spoken word poet living and working in Naarm.  His material is mesmerising and thought-provoking, offering a youthful intelligence that is representative of both his life experience and his generation. He manages to capture subtle nuances of life’s complexities... Read more


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