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Dance and poetry to FLOW at new Honeysuckle creative event


Poetry, dance and DJs will collide to bring art to Newcastle’s newest creative space when FLOW comes to life at Q Building in Honeysuckle next month.

Celebrating community and movement, the event coincidently marks the start of winter – Saturday 1 June. 

Two years in the making, FLOW will bring together emerging and established dancers, moving through an interspersion of spoken word poetry, topped off with a DJ session encouraging audience participation. 

The event line-up includes multidisciplinary artist and poet Malvika Saltekar, established dancers working with local dance studios including Jazmyn Chang, Broadway, heels and contemporary dancer Savannah Cull and independent artist Rachael Sebastian of local dance collective, Newy Crew. 

Photo: Joseph Dinh-Vu

FLOW is the brainchild of classically trained dancer and event organiser Jacinta Durney. 

When she began taking classes at Top Rock Studios, a dance studio for adults in Newcastle West, she met other like-minded movers and felt there could be an opportunity to create a special event showcasing the thriving dance scene in Newcastle and the international talent it’s attracting. 

“To me, dance and poetry are both a form of creative expression that can connect people, and also both have the ability to describe one thing in a million different ways,” Jacinta says.  

“They tell a story, they have a pulse, they connect us.” 

FLOW will take place at the University of Newcastle’s modern and stylish new Q Building on Honeysuckle Drive. 

The address is home to Creative Industries and the Integrative Innovation Network, I2N.  

The event will feature perfectly curated dance performances interspersed with poetry including theatrical pieces performed by American poet Alex Morris (also an event organiser.)  

Then DJ Jakesy will invite the crowd to get up and dance. 

Venezuelan couple Jose Sánchez and Paola Velasco of Kumache Kitchen will sell South American delights on the night, and wine from Hungerford Hill will be available for purchase. 

The event is expected to leave audiences breathless from 7pm to 10pm. 

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