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wāni Le Frère

a proud descendant of the Bashi, as well as the current Incarnation of the Afronaut

 
 

poet

2016/17 Melbourne Slamalamadingdong grand slam champion. 2016 Victorian College Of the Arts slam Poetry champion. Selected as a member of the first ever Australian Spoken word team to compete in the United States National Poetry Slam classic in Denver, Colorado in 2017. 2018 Victorian Grand Slam Champion as well as the headline feature for the 2018 Sydney, Australian Poetry Slam finals 2018. Represented Australia as the coach of the Melbourne, Australia Slam Poetry team that competed at the Chicago National Poetry Slam.

creative

2016/17 Melbourne Slamalamadingdong grand slam champion, after winning the July Slam competition that qualified him for the grand Slam. He's also the Victorian College Of the Arts slam poetry champion for 2016 and was selected as one of the members representing Australia at the National Poetry Slam classic in Denver, Colorado in the United States this August of 2017.

sapologie

Sapologie celebrates the vision and voices of some of Narrm’s (Melbourne, Australia) most talented and boldest young artists with an evening of varying art mediums including spoken word, music and story telling. Now in it’s third year Sapologie has become the space to be. Founded and Directed by wani Le Frère.

Tales of an afronaut

Tales of an Afronaut is wani’s first solo show paying tribute to the incredible lineage of storytelling embedded deep within the black/African diaspora. This show was first performed at Arts House and opened to a sold out season in July 2017 taking away The Green Room Award for best Performance.

jana: Memoirs of the future past

Jana: Memoirs of a future past saw it’s debut at Melbourne’s 2018 Fringe Festival, written, Performed, Directed and produced by wani Le Frere also won the Arts House Award Evolution Award.

trans-disciplinary artist

Most notably known for although not limited to Producing, Performance Poetry, Curating, Creative directing, Educating and Organising. wani uses his artistic abilities to serve as a platform in his commitment to the flourishing of life, telling of the untold, as well as the collective empowerment of those peoples too often marginalized and not often enough celebrated.

 

 
The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see
— James Baldwin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The poet or the revolutionary is there to articulate the necessity, but until the people themselves apprehend it, nothing can happen... Perhaps it can’t be done without the poet, but it certainly can’t be done without the people. The poet and the people get on generally very badly, and yet they need each other. The poet knows it sooner than the people do. The people usually know it after the poet is dead; but that’s all right. The point is to get your work done, and your work is to change the world
— james baldwin
 
 photo credit: @whoisivy creative director: @wanilefrere

photo credit: @whoisivy creative director: @wanilefrere