Spoken Word Showcase

Wed 29 Aug, 12.30pm
Deakin Edge, Fed Square

Experience a vivid, exciting live performance using words, music and song from Australia's absolute best poets, rappers and slam champions, including young hip-hop group Girl Zone, Quinn Eades, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Omar Musa, Abe Nouk and Sista Zai Zanda. With Adolfo Aranjuez.


45 minutes

Session code





Session Artists

Adolfo Aranjuez is editor of film and media periodical Metro and editor-in-chief of sexuality and gender magazine Archer. He is also a freelance writer, speaker and dancer. Aranjuez's nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Right Now, Overland, Meanjin and Peril, among others, and he has worked with and performed for various arts festivals and organisations.

Quinn Eades is a queer transmasc writer, award-winning poet, academic, and editor. He is the author of Rallying and All the Beginnings: A Queer Autobiography of the Body, and is currently working on his third book and related theatre show, an autobiography titled Transpositions.

Girl Zone is a squad of five young girls from Fitzroy bursting with energy, confidence and fire. Best friends since they can remember, they rap and sing about their lives and future ambitions, covering everything from basketball to world domination.

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a first-generation Australian Sikh spoken-word artist, educator, performer and human rights reformer. She is passionate about diversity and the importance of visibility in the performing arts and her work provokes conversations around identity, feminism, and the power of uncomfortable conversations.

Omar Musa is a Malaysian–Australian rapper and poet from Queanbeyan. Musa has released three hip-hop albums, three poetry books (including Parang and Millefiori), and a novel, Here Come the Dogs, and received a standing ovation at TEDxSydney at the Sydney Opera House.

Sudanese-born Abe Nouk was illiterate when he and his family arrived in Australia in 2004 under the UN High Commission Refugee Status. He is now an author, performer of written words, and facilitator of creative performance and writing workshops.

Sista Zai Zanda is a storyteller and educator. She curates and produces The Pan Afrikan Poets Cafe, a literary matinee of poetry, beats and performance. When she is not writing or performing, you can find her facilitating storytelling workshops or DJing on community radio.

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