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Marion Taylor Opening Night Gala


Solli Raphael + Baker Boy + Omar Sakr + Melanie Mununggurr-Williams

Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland

Performance / Special

5000

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Solli Raphael

Solli Raphael

At 12 years of age, Solli Raphael was crowned the youngest ever Australian Poetry Slam champion in an all-adult annual competition held at the Sydney Opera House in 2017. Having since performed on stages such as the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in front of a live audience of 35,000 people and at TEDxSydney, and on TV shows such as The Project, ABC Me and ABC Breakfast, Solli believes that words can empower their audience.
Now 14, Solli continues to use the platforms of performing and writing to tackle current social issues – big and small and enjoys writing powerful and emotive poetry based on the world around him in the hope to create positive change. Successfully publishing his first book, Limelight, with a second book on the way, Solli would like to encourage his generation to participate in conversations about issues that affect their lives and their future.

Baker Boy

Baker Boy

In Arnhem Land they call Baker Boy the ‘fresh new prince’. Raised in the remote NT communities of Yurrwi and Maningrida, 22 year-old Danzal Baker, aka Baker Boy, raps in Yolngu Matha language representing his bloodlines. A strikingly talented artist on an undeniable rise, Baker Boy kick started 2018 with two of his songs – Marryuna and Cloud 9 – winning their place in triple j’s Hottest 100. He has supported the likes of 50 Cent and Dizzee Rascal, played prime festival slots at Splendour in the Grass, Laneway, Golden Plains and WOMADelaide, and sold out his first headline tour in May 2018. 22 year-old Danzal Baker aka Baker Boy is related to rising stars Gawurra and Yirrmal. He is the freshest new Yolngu hip-hop talent from the Top End. Young, strong and proud Baker Boy raps in Yolngu Matha language representing his Arnhem Land bloodlines. He knows his value, his worth and he raps so others get it.
Omar Sakr

Omar Sakr

Omar Sakr is a bisexual Arab-Australian poet. His debut collection, These Wild Houses (2017), was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award and the Kenneth Slessor Prize. His poetry has been published in English, Arabic, and Spanish, in numerous journals and anthologies. He placed runner-up in the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, and has also been shortlisted for the ACU Poetry Prize, the Story Wine Prize, and the Fair Australia Poetry Prize. Omar has performed his work nationally and internationally.

Melanie Mununggurr-Williams

Melanie Mununggurr-Williams

Melanie Mununggurr-Williams is the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion.
Melanie is a Djapu writer from Yirrkala in East Arnhem Land. She is one of about 4600 speakers of Yolnu-Matha. Her first poetry book will be published by Penguin in 2020.
Melanie recently toured North America including Banff Art Centre, Blue Metroplois Festival, Montreal and the Nuyorican Poets Café.
In 2019, Melanie will be a Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence and will tour to festivals in Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne, Ubud, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau.
Melanie spent the last decade working with families and children involved with juvenile justice. She works as a mentor for young Indigenous women in programs across the Northern Territory. Other publications include “Grey” a short story in the anthology Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia in 2018.

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Steven Oliver

Steven Oliver

Steven Oliver is a descendant of the Kukuyalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi peoples. He studied at the Aboriginal Music Theatre Training Programme in Perth and from there was accepted into the Music Theatre Programme at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Upon his return to Queensland he took on the role of Assistant Artistic Director with the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane. He has worked with companies such as Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre, Kooemba Jdarra Theatre, La Boite Theatre, JUTE Theatre Company, Kite Theatre and the Queensland Arts Council. He has had showings of his musical Black Queen Black King as part of Queensland Theatre Company’s Creative Development Series in Association with Playlab and also at the Brisbane Powerhouse for their World Theatre Festival Program. He has also been a Queensland state finalist twice in Brisbane and national finalist for the Australian Poetry Slam at the Sydney Opera House. He has also had his play Proppa Solid (originally Proper Solid) produced by JUTE Theatre Company in 2014 that will tour Queensland in 2016 and will also be published by Playlab. He is also a writer, actor and associate producer for ABC’s Logie nominated sketch show Black Comedy and has just finished filming season 2 to air in 2016.


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