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On Saturday the 26th of may 2018. OWLKEYME joined forces with another local Not For Profit organisation Art vs Depression and created a platform for your voices to be heard!

“RFC Speak Up 2018”

What began as an idea for a community style, poetry slam, open mic performance opportunity; Turned into an evening of no holds barred creative expression.

Held in the Gosnels PCYC in the boxing ring, one by one, in their own way each and every participant KO’d the audience.

The platform was open for anyone who felt called to connect to community, share stories & express themselves in any way.

We couldn’t be prouder of everyone who was brave enough to jump on the mic and in the ring, many for the first time ever. The participants spanned ages 6 – 60 and took the entire audience on an emotional rollarcoaster from laughter to tears within minutes. Some rapped their hearts out, others sang their struggle, some spoke in prose and others shared stories of long held trauma. There was not one person in the room who left uninspired or with heart strings untugged.

The show wasn’t limited only to the ring however. The Owls brought the atmosphere working together tirelessly for weeks to coordinate the ultimate vibe. MUKS was out the front sharing his love of graffiti art and worked with everyone who attended by asking them for a word to turn into a fantastic communal piece. This piece is currently on display & for sale at Elevated Ground Coffee House in Kalamunda. As everyone came through the doors they were first met with displays of written poetry by Georgia Carter, followed by a creative display of merchandise by Theo Triantos, a sega station & projector were manned by Sheehan Velani and a Lemonade Stand commanded by Owlets Zara & Lily. Chelsea Lee creatively captured the night on video, Shoshi Monsitsi shot all the behind the scenes, set up action and special mention goes to Kah Dante who jumped in at the last minute to snap the offical photos of the night.  Hirbod Kakavandi AKA DJ Ante Clock kept everything jamming all night long on the decks. Jason Wood kept everyones spirits up with his signature comedic flair. Mich Phan & Ben Jeakings handled the socials for everyone playing along at home and interstate. Jordana Cernotta did what she does best by supporting everyone at all times, keeping everyone in line and the evening running smoothly along side Creative Director LAMB who proudly overlooked everyones efforts. A spectacular display of Krump by HOOD ENT (Ian De Mello & Nadiah Biddle) & hip hop dance (The Society) closed out the show & ensured everyone left on a high by sharing their stories in the form movement.

OWLKEME & Art vs Depression were honoured to present Marly Amphlett from Noongar Radio with a check for $100 as the Winner of RFC Speak Up 2018. Marley shared a heartfelt expression of her experience with domestic violence. This was the first time she was able to speak about it and we equally admire her courage and express our gratitude that she felt safe enough to share it with the community.

It was a great privilege to partner with Art Vs Depression & their Resiliant Friends Club (RFC) team. Art Vs depression is a Perth based Not For Profit organisation who create and facilitate projects and events in the community to raise awareness to breakdown the stigma attached to mental health and social issues. They stand for Building stronger and resilient communities using powerful storytelling to inspire, empower and connect.

RFC Speak up was a fantastic experience for the Owls, volunteers, participants & audience members alike. Everyone  pushed themselves out of their comfort zone, learned, created and felt together as one community and this was the true aim of the event. Everyone including PCYC staff left asking when the next one would be!

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