National Poetry Month Gala

7:30-9pm, Friday 4 August 2023

Australian Chamber Orchestra, Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Sydney, NSW

Cost: $25 full / $20 conc

Event type(s):
Performance, Online

This year’s National Poetry Month Gala will be held at the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s new venue beside Sydney Harbour Bridge and features some of our finest contemporary poets including Jazz Money, Sara Saleh, Freya Daly Sadgrove (NZ) and Rebecca Shaw, L-FRESH The LION, 2023 Red Room Fellow Charmaine Papertalk Green, and the winner of the 2023 Stella Prize, Sarah Holland-Batt.

Hosted by Benjamin Law, the night also sees the likes of comedian Jennifer Wong, actor Chika Ikogwe, actor and singer Paul Capsis, and John B. Fairfax AO reading contemporary Australian poems, as well as a musical performance by First Nations choir Mudjingaal Yangamba. This year’s special guest will be Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, reflecting on what poetry means to us as a country and reading a favourite poem. More artists to be announced soon.

There will also be pre-show foyer pop-up performances and bookshop, and the ACO bar will be open for drinks.

Note: This event will be live and live-streamed (via RR's YouTube). The performance will be also AUSLAN interpreted. Further venue accessibility information here.