Friday, September 13, 2019

Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry

  • Monday 14 October, 7pm to 9pm
  • Smith's Alternative, 76 Alinga, Civic.
  • Free Entry.
Come and share your words or just enjoy the multilingual program. 

The feature for the evening - celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages - will be father and daughter Deveni and Salote Temu. They will perform traditional Aroma song and dance of coastal Papua New Guinea, share Peroveta missionary song in mixed Aroma, Motu and other Pacific languages, and take part in a discussion about knowledge, identity and language. 

There are a limited number of open mic spots available for the night. Those interested in presenting are invited to share poetry in, or including, a language other than English, or a mix of languages. 
Each spot is up to 5 minutes long. You can read or recite, and all styles of poetry are welcome - traditional forms, free verse, slam style or rap!  You can include a brief summary or introduction in English, or a full translation if you prefer.  To reserve a spot, email

This Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry Night is part of the Poetry on the Move Festival Fringe. For more details of the festival, see

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