Four of our students recently competed in the Preliminary Finals for the Melbourne Writer’s Festival OutLoud Poetry Competition, held at the Wheeler’s Centre.
Since the first year of competition, the number of teams has grown from five to eighteen. We were billed as one of the ‘teams to watch out for’ having won the competition in 2012 and 2013.
Their idea was to challenge the audience with the Western application of the trio who refuse to acknowledge the troubles of the world in the hope to make it all go away and rather to apply the Eastern concept of the monkeys who aim to improve the world by addressing and speaking positively to bring about change. It was an ambitious and complex idea.
Their piece was written the week prior to competing, and they spent the morning choreographing and fine tuning the performance around the city in various public spaces such as outside Etihad stadium as people walked to work in the morning, in front of Town Hall and on the State Library Lawn.
They made some people stop in their tracks which was the aim of the piece.
But their poem was acknowledged by hip hop star, Mantra MC, and former state champion, Abe Nouk, as having some of the most lyrical images and the team was overjoyed with this.
Congratulations to the team and everyone involved. You can see them in action on Youtube.