Saturday night saw Dust Temple in Currumbin hosting the pinnacle of the literary leg of Bleach* Festival.
Dust Temple has been hosting an open mic poetry night once a month since they opened their new doors almost two years ago, and for a year prior to that at their old premises in Tugun.
On Saturday night, in a collaborative effort with Somerset College and Bleach*, Dust Temple hosted a Slam Poetry event which highlighted the up-and-coming spoken word artists the Gold Coast has to offer as well as some more established local artists.
The quality of content was astounding as students selected by Somerset College showed talent and wisdom beyond their years. They each gave excellent performances to the rapt crowd and will hopefully use the wonderful platform offered by Dust Temple’s monthly open mic night to further develop their skills and become regulars on Australia’s slam poetry scene.
Luka Lesson dominated the second half of the evening and gave provocative and insightful performances of several of his most well-known and loved poems as well as some newer work. May Your Pen Grace the Page was, for me, the highlight of the evening. To the assembled budding poets and literary enthusiasts, it was inspirational and motivational. Luka Lesson’s passion for his subject matter and his evocative readings are enough to convert even the most cynical critic to the power of the spoken word. When watching Luka perform it is easy to see how he has made his way to the forefront of his genre and his success is likely to continue.
Congratulations to all involved for such a wonderful evening and to Dust Temple, Bleach and Somerset College for their very meaningful collaboration.
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Dust Temple (54 Currumbin Creek Road) hosts an open mic night on the last Thursday of each month.