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In Search of Incredible Words

Luka Lesson

Following his 2014 poignant and passionate exploration into the power of poetry, Luka Lesson returns to Positive Schools in 2015 to present the opening address. It is with much delight and anticipation that we welcome our newest ambassador back to the stage.

Luka tracks his experience in helping young people to find their voices through poetry, hip-hop and spoken word. Exposing the crucial nature of self-expression and story-telling for the development of young lives he will provide solutions for the current state poetry 'decline' in the education system by sharing techniques learnt in differing institutions, countries and situations.

Luka will perform his own award winning poetry, as well as works written by students in Australia and overseas.

An opportunity to be inspired.

About Luka

 

Luka Lesson is a spoken word and Hip-hop artist of Greek heritage from Australia.

 

Luka's debut book, "The Future Ancients" is now (independently) a best-seller for poetry in Australia twice-over and a part of educational programs from Hong Kong to Melbourne. His performances and writing skills in various arenas have earned the title of "a sonic literary genius" by New York poet and former president of Poetry Slam, Inc. (USA), Taylor Mali.

 

With 4 years of international touring, 13 Writers’ Festivals, 9 years of workshop experience and ten years of writing under his belt, Luka has written commissions and performed for the likes of The National Gallery of Victoria, Greece’s pioneer Hip-hop group Active Member, South Africa's OneBlood Festival and China’s most celebrated living poet Xi Chuan in Beijing. He is also the Australian Poetry Slam Champion of 2011 and Melbourne Poetry Slam Champion of 2010.

 

Musically, Luka has released two full length albums: Please Resist Me (2011) and EXIT (2014) and blurs the lines between conscious rap lyricist and insightful story-teller. From dense rhyme schemes to a poetic vulnerability rarely seen in modern day artists, Luka's musicality is prevalent in everything he does. Whether holding the focus of thousands of people at a music festival main stage with nothing but his voice, or flowing on complex beats and electronic production, Luka is a versatile artist who's influences are as diverse as his army of faithful followers.

 

Extra Notes:

 

“Luka Lesson is one of those people who change the weather; who by his very presence makes the landscape seem more possible, more holy, more livable. I don’t know where he came from or how he got to be so magic. What I do know is that I am better for having experienced him. A better writer. A wider girl. More true of heart. Words make worlds. Luka knows this. His mouth is a creation story…and we are all better for it.”

 

- Dominique Christina, National Poetry Slam Champion and two-time Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion (USA).

 

"Luka is the kind of poet other poets want to be. Other poets want to be honest."

 

- Shane Koyczan, Canadian Poetry Slam Champion and performer of infamous TED Talk "To This Day".

 

“I’m not really into hip hop—I’m too old, I guess—but Luka Lesson is a sonic literary genius, and THAT is what I love. So if he is hip hop, then I guess I love hip hop after all.”

 

- Taylor Mali, 4-time National Poetry Slam Champion and former president of Poetry Slam, Inc. (USA).

 

 

Academically

 

Luke Haralampou aka Luka Lesson, holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Queensland, a first-class honours degree from Monash University in Indigenous Studies, and a Masters of Sound Design (Poetry Performance) through the Victorian College of the ARTS

 

 

 

 

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