The Bunker spoken word and Horizon Festival


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Internationally touring whirlwind, poet and performer Arielle Cottingham brings her unique theatrical poetry form to the Sunshine Coast for the June series of Bunker Down, Speak Out in partnership with Horizon Festival.

This June, the Bunker Spoken Word will continue its program of spoken word performance on the Sunshine Coast with the arrival of Texas-born Afro-Latina poet, performance artist, and dancer Arielle Cottingham as the guest performer at the Bunker Down, Speak Out! open mic event (ages 13+) and workshop to be held at the Black Box Theatre in Nambour.

In partnership with Horizon Festival, the Bunker Collective (a collaboration between local arts companies, Peripheral Arts and Writers Republic) has steadily grown the Coast audience for spoken word performance from it’s initial annual festival offering into a quarterly series featuring some of the best Australian and international performers.

The June series will offer an opportunity for both local poets and storytellers to have a go at taking the stage in the open mic competition as well as allowing audiences the experience of watching Arielle’s poetic stage performances.

“Spoken word has an energy that is raw and exciting to watch. The form is experiencing a surge in popularity around the world at the moment. It’s an art form that allows all kinds of voices to be heard and I think that resonates with people. For people who come to see spoken word for the first time, they can’t believe what they’ve just seen. They’re hooked.” Toni Wills, producer at the Bunker Spoken Word states.

Arielle’s performances are filled with a contemporary edge that led her to win the Australian Poetry Slam Championship in 2016. A dancer with theatrical training, Arielle explores the interplay between spoken word and the body - constantly moving and engaging with the words and audiences. Her book, Black and Ropy, was published by Pitt Street Poetry.

As part of the Bunker Spoken Word’s commitment to building local capacity, a ticketing workshop also held in the Black Box Theatre, Nambour will be part of the series open to all ages 13+. Local and aspiring performers will also once again have a chance to strut their stuff at the open mic event for a chance to win a cash prize.

For all workshop and feature event tickets, open mic registrations and event info, visit:

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