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Yarra Valley Spoken Word December 2023

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The original custodians of the Yarra Valley, the Wurundjeri people, didn’t write. Their wisdom travelled through time in songs, stories and dance.  We acknowledge this land’s indigenous ancestors and elders, oral historians of the dream-time. This poetry gathering sits on the shoulders of countless generations of wisdom keepers and spoken-word story tellers.

Welcome to our Yarra Valley Spoken Word Community.

We meet at The Dreaming Space Academy at Yarra Valley ECOSS, Wesburn on the second Friday of the month and welcome you to join us and share your musings.

Ours is a space to share the power of the spoken word, be inspired by our community of artists and learn to write and share life’s depths through this life changing art form.

Families are welcome until after supper, we have a feature artist each month and then Open Mic.

Entry $10 Concession, $15 Full, Children Free.

Please bring a vegetarian plate to share; Entry includes Supper of Dahl, Rice, Hummus & Corn Chips.

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Yarra Valley Spoken Word at The Dreaming Space, ECOSS.

Friday 8th December 2023.

Hello Fellow Poetry Lover,

We are very pleased to end this wonderful year with our beloved co creator, Chris James as Feature Poet.

Building on a momentum created throughout this year’s Spoken Word evenings, Chris has chosen the theme Awaken. We have found that whilst our feature poet sets the theme each month, a sub theme of awakening has also been emerging and the open mic speakers build on each other’s words until we reach a crescendo where a newcomer shares something so extraordinarily powerful that it breaks our hearts wide open and completely floors us… (even though most of us are already sitting on the floor!)

Christopher James is Co Director, Trainer and Performer of The Dreaming Space and CEO of Melbourne Stretch Marquees & Eco Domes.  

Chris has a Bachelor of Creative Arts/Acting and Music Performance and a Masters of Teaching. Chris has written, directed, performed and toured plays across the world, including his original theatrical play, incorporating circus in ‘Beyond Truth’. This was toured throughout India, Asia and Europe over 2 ½ years performed for over 100,000 people and translated into 8 languages. 

Highlights were performing for corporate groups such as the management team of Tata Motors; bringing the CEO to tears, for 1000 police officers at the anti-corruption conferences in India, for international peace organisation ‘Initiatives of Change’, delegates at Caux Palace in Switzerland including royalty. Then being invited to become an artist in residence producing plays for the Caux Palace conferences around the theme of transformation. 

Chris then studied a Masters of Teaching at Melbourne University and became a founding member of the opening of the first Montessori High School in Melbourne, studying in Cleveland Ohio. To become an all rounded teacher he completed the Rudolf Steiner Teacher Training course in Melbourne and became an author of his accelerated teaching and training guide called ‘Teacher Presence’- 12 habits to accelerate learning.

Inspired by the beauty of stretch tents and complexity of Geo Domes, he manufactures and builds these for Council events and has constructed Domes at The Peninsula Hot Springs and corporate events such as The Convention Centre. 

As The Dreaming Space Co Director he enjoys curating shows and unique experiences for large private, council and corporate events. Some highlights were for Moomba, Rochford Winery, Optus, Australian Open and Epworth Hospital Staff and Peninsula Hot Springs events. 

Chris’s skills include; carpentry, steel and fabric structures fabrication, acting, master storytelling, circus Juggling, balancing master, unicycling, adagio, multiple fire apparatus, lighting and sound curation, giant bubble artistry, stilt walking, guitar, magic, directing, writing plays and musicals (and of course writing marvellous poems-Ed).

See the Flyer for times and the format; bring a plate to share if you wish!


The Yarra Valley Spoken Word Team

Friday 8th December
Yarra Valley ECOSS
711 Old Warburton Road, Wesburn, VIC, 3799
$15 Full, $10 Concession: Light supper included, bring a plate to share if you wish…

YVSW Dec 2023 Chris
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