SA Poetry Slam 2020 Final hits the heights!

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The Goodwood Institute Theatre was packed to Covid-Safe capacity for the Final of the SA Poetry Slam 2020. Congratulations to winner, Jill Wherry, runner-up, Chris Jaksa, and all the other finalists: Manuela AkotSusan BrameEmelia HaskeySarah Jane JusticeTracy McNallyTracey O’CallaghanThemba Shumba and Olenka Toroshenko.

Jill and Chris will now go on to compete in the National Finals in November: stay tuned for details.

Special thanks to mentor and sacrifice, Caroline Reid and guest performer, Day Dream Fever.

Meanwhile, Kami kept things under control, Mel kept score and time, Ian took the pictures.

SA Poetry Slam 2020 Heat 5 Jives the house!

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A great heat at Jive to finish off with. We have our last two finalists for the SA Poetry Slam State Final. Congratulations to winner Olenka Toroshenko and runner-up Themba Shumba who will be joining our other finalists on October 17th at The Goodwood Theatre. Get your tickets now! Click here for more info and booking.

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Australian Poetry Slam 2020: SA Final – SOLD OUT!!

Saturday 17th October, 2020
Doors open 7:30 pm for 8:00 pm start

Goodwood Institute Theatre 
166a Goodwood Road Goodwood

SOLD OUT!
The SA State Final is officially sold out! We will see you all tonight for a showcase of great local talent!

The SA Final of the Australian Poetry Slam features the winner and runner-up of each of the 5 SA Heats:
Manuela Akot, Susan Brame, Emelia Haskey, Chris Jaksa, Sarah Jane Justice, Tracy McNally, Tracey O’Callaghan, Themba Shumba, Olenka Toroshenko and Jill Wherry. These ten talented poets will perform new work for the Final. Special Guest will be Adelaide icon, Daydream Fever.

Adelaide artist, Kultar Ahluwalia gave birth to Daydream Fever in late 2016. Since then, DDF has a hit the ground running with a capacity headline show at The Jade, sharing the stage with the likes of Adrian Eagle, Spit Syndicate, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Winston Surfshirt & Butterfingers. Daydream Fever is essentially a one man band, an evolution in sound, effortlessly blending a wide range of genres from hip hop to punk to spoken word to soul. A DFF live set takes the crowd on a rollercoaster ride, with double time raps, layered vocal loops and harmonies, spoken word poetry, belted soulful vocals and impromptu freestyle jams. Ahluwalia is at the helm of all these sounds handling the production, the instrumentation, the songwriting and the vocals. His debut EP “God Market” (2018) was supported heavily by street press and community radio across the country and hard copies sold out within weeks. Expect new singles in late 2020 and an EP in 2021. Ahluwalia is has been making music for over a decade as a producer for other artists, as a solo artist and is also a member of the group We Move Like Giants. He is passionate about supporting the next generation of artists and has provided mentoring and facilitated arts workshops on behalf of organisations such as Carclew, City of Onkaparinga, City of Marion and Spoken Word SA.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a COVID-safety plan in place. Amongst other things, this means we need to record contact information for everyone attending to allow contact tracing in the event of a virus outbreak. To make things easier on the night, please fill in the following form in advance, so then we can simply tick you off. The information on the form will only be used for contact tracing should it become necessary. Please note that filling in this form does not constitute a seat booking!

Click here to make your bookings.


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SA Slam 2020 Heat 4: full house at the Library

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The State Library of South Australia was packed to COVID-Safe capacity for Heat 4 of the SA Slam 2020. Congratulations to winner Manuela Akot and runner-up Susan Brame, both of whom are into the SA State Final at Goodwood Theatre on 17th October.

There is only one more heat left: Thursday 1st October at Jive.

Australian Poetry Slam 2020: SA Heat 5 at Jive – last chance!

South Australian Heat 5
Thursday 1st October 2020

Jive Nightclub 
181 Hindley Street Adelaide
6.30pm sign up for 7pm start  
$6 entry for audience and competitors

This is the last SA heat for the 2020 Australian Poetry Slam!

Contestants have 2 minutes to speak, scream, howl, whisper or sing their original poem. There are no props, no costumes, no music: just the poet and the words. Judges are selected at random from the audience. The heat winners compete again in the SA State Final and the two top finalists then go on to compete in the Australian Poetry Slam National Showcase.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a COVID-safety plan in place. Amongst other things, this means we need to record contact information for everyone attending to allow contact tracing in the event of a virus outbreak. To make things easier on the night, if you are considering coming along, please fill in the following form in advance, so then we can simply tick you off. The information on the form will only be used for contact tracing should it become necessary.

Please note that filling in the form does not register you for competing on the night: you still need to sign up from 6:30 – 7:00pm at the venue.

Click here to read the rules for 2020.

SA Slam 2020 Heat 3 serves up a treat at Woodcroft Library

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A big turn-out of poets and punters for Heat 3 of the 2020 SA Poetry Slam at Woodcroft Library. Congratulations to winner Tracy McNally and runner-up Emelia Haskey. Big thanks to Angela and the crew at the library for looking after everyone and supporting the prize winners. And a notable performance from guest, Daniel Watson