Luka Lesson

Luka Lesson

Luke Haralampou, aka Luka Lesson, is a spoken word and Hip-hop artist of Greek heritage from Australia. Over the past four years Luka has released two full length albums (Please Resist Me, 2012 + EXIT, 2014) one Greek + English language EP (Πέρασμα|Passage, 2013), and a powerful collection of poetry entitled ‘The Future Ancients’ (2013).

With four years of international touring, 14 Writers’ Festivals, 8 years of workshop experience and almost ten years of writing under his belt, Luka has written commissions and performed for the likes of The Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe (NYC), The National Gallery of Victoria (AUS), Trinity International Hip-hop Festival (USA), 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 Overload Poetry Festival Slam Champion of 2010.

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Academically Luka holds a first-class honours degree from Monash University and has taught side-by-side with Indigenous educators and staff at the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies. He has co-ordinated and spoken at symposia relating to cross-cultural awareness and recently completed a Masters of Sound Design (Poetry Performance) through the Victorian College of the Arts. As a workshop facilitator Luka has assisted thousands of people worldwide to write and perform their work, many for the first time

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No relationship lasts if it is predicated on control.

I don’t know who needs to hear it, but I needed to say it.
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2 weeks ago

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The open hand is love.

You ok Luke?

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A N O N Y M O U S / S A L A A M

One of my favourite moments of the Welcome To Paradox Tour.

Filmed live at Byron Theatre with Allara Briggs Pattison, Shai Shriki, Meena Shamaly & Erfan Daliri.

Shot & edited by Daniel Nolan.
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3 weeks ago

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So so good. Always a pleasure to witness you two come together. This has been a highlight in past shows for me. Sorry to have missed the latest

👌...

Lisa Gage ❤️

Cee my soul

Abu Rima wow

Will Gage ❤️

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Found out that we lost another brother last night.

Please don’t send me your condolences, send me only the receipts from your healing sessions. Send me only the evidence of you putting in the hours and investing in your mental wealth. Nothing else, please.

This society won’t do it for us.

Rest In Power Vish. Love for your soul, strength to your family.
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3 weeks ago

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A receipt for what? Our debt to existence? Life lives, life dies. There is no payment for said “being.” There is no silver lining, no cloud, nothing is boiling. We are only here to die.

Who can afford a receipt when we don't feel worthy of our pain?

Φωνή λαού; Οργή θεού / The voice of the people; The wrath of god.

An old Greek saying that I hold onto tonight.

I send my respect, strength and support to those defending the Djapwurrung birthing trees near Ararat tonight.

To the protectors standing strong out at Mauna Kea.
To the defenders at Ihumātao, Aotearoa.
To the First Nations people & activists holding down the front line against Adani tonight.
To all peoples at the front lines of the flash points of ecological & cultural defence globally.

This is something that will continue to be our responsibility.

Only the people can teach the companies and governments that we need to think beyond our own generation and defend the planet for the distant future, for forever. Only we can make noise and be heard and put these issues on the map, they will not happen by themselves.

There is no autocorrect to a neo-capitalist system founded on perpetual growth.

Unfortunately, the way our systems are set up, there can be no deep and lasting internal self-correction of the system itself without he demands of the people.

Despite what your local news outlet is telling you, protesting is not for the ‘lazy’ ones among us.
The lazy ones are shouting at the TV as the sea levels rise around them.
As their rights are eroded.
The air they breathe is increasingly polluted.
Their only water sources are used by industry.
And they’re chronically depressed, angry at the protestors for making noise, as they nurse a lifetime of modern problems resulting in a chronic lack of compassion and an unbridled apathy.

May they be awoken to how the planet is our common foundation: a truth that can never be contested. And that these frontlines, collectively, are the beginning of a battle that we must win.

The greatest irony is that these protests, I hope, will give birth to a new future that will benefit everyone, even those who whinge about getting stuck in traffic because of a march, or hating on a lock-on because it is ‘illegal’ or ‘slows down progress’.

When their children breathe in the hard-earned fresh air of a defended sacred site and learn about the cultures still here with us, I wonder if they’ll know who to thank for their future freedoms.

Φωνή λαού; Οργή θεού.

The voice of the people, the wrath of god.

Prayers Up.
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4 weeks ago

Φωνή λαού; Οργή θεού / The voice of the people; The wrath of god. 

An old Greek saying that I hold onto tonight.

I send my respect, strength and support to those defending the Djapwurrung birthing trees near Ararat tonight. 

To the protectors standing strong out at Mauna Kea.
To the defenders at Ihumātao, Aotearoa. 
To the First Nations people & activists holding down the front line against Adani tonight. 
To all peoples at the front lines of the flash points of ecological & cultural defence globally. 

This is something that will continue to be our responsibility. 

Only the people can teach the companies and governments that we need to think beyond our own generation and defend the planet for the distant future, for forever. Only we can make noise and be heard and put these issues on the map, they will not happen by themselves. 

There is no autocorrect to a neo-capitalist system founded on perpetual growth. 

Unfortunately, the way our systems are set up, there can be no deep and lasting internal self-correction of the system itself without he demands of the people. 

Despite what your local news outlet is telling you, protesting is not for the ‘lazy’ ones among us. 
The lazy ones are shouting at the TV as the sea levels rise around them. 
As their rights are eroded.
The air they breathe is increasingly polluted.
Their only water sources are used by industry. 
And they’re chronically depressed, angry at the protestors for making noise, as they nurse a lifetime of modern problems resulting in a chronic lack of compassion and an unbridled apathy. 

May they be awoken to how the planet is our common foundation: a truth that can never be contested. And that these frontlines, collectively, are the beginning of a battle that we must win. 

The greatest irony is that these protests, I hope, will give birth to a new future that will benefit everyone, even those who whinge about getting stuck in traffic because of a march, or hating on a lock-on because it is ‘illegal’ or ‘slows down progress’. 

When their children breathe in the hard-earned fresh air of a defended sacred site and learn about the cultures still here with us, I wonder if they’ll know who to thank for their future freedoms. 

Φωνή λαού; Οργή θεού.

The voice of the people, the wrath of god. 

Prayers Up.

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power! beauty!

The brother Drmngnow with that smooth awakening flow.

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Stop whatever you're doing and listen up. Drmngnow joined us for the second edition of our GLAZED sessions with a new track 'Always Remember'...
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4 weeks ago

I wanted to live
so I wore my clothes inside
out until death
lost the scent

I’ve wanted to rest
so instead of counting sheep
I count my battle scars backwards
until they amount
to nothing

I wanted to be loved
but without a compass
or a map
just two black skies
and one delicate flame

I wanted to be loved
but my skin smelled of graphite
from all the poems I haven’t written
and all the love
I pretend I haven’t made

I wanted to die
but hope hounded me
and hunted me down
and holds me hostage
and I thank her

When I wanted to leave
I just made myself unbearable enough
to be deserted...
when I wanted to be wanted
that’s when I pushed everyone away

I wanted to eat the sun
be consumed by lightning
ride in the canyons of creation
and learn
what it means
to be free
so now
I do only what I love

I wanted to be a king
so I met with other kings
but kings just protect thrones
and I’d rather be a fisherman
listening to the wind
watching the currents
reading constellations like brail
hand outstretched to the glimmer
telling stories to the sails
half-hoping the fish
are smarter than me

I wanted a better face
so I made love to the moon
until her.craters.and.my.scars.fit.together
and we looked like polished granite

I’ve been tormented by fire
run aground
and frozen out
and all I’ve learned
is to dress for the occasion

I wanted to love
but hate paints such a vivid picture sometimes

I wanted to be me
so I travelled the world searching for everything that I’m not
and still finding pieces of me there

I wanted to forget
but I couldn’t remember which memories were still haunting me
until they returned

I wanted to die
but the sky was too big to hold
so here I am again...

listening.

📸 Jurgen Marx
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4 weeks ago

I wanted to live
so I wore my clothes inside 
out until death 
lost the scent

I’ve wanted to rest
so instead of counting sheep
I count my battle scars backwards 
until they amount 
to nothing

I wanted to be loved
but without a compass 
or a map
just two black skies 
and one delicate flame

I wanted to be loved
but my skin smelled of graphite
from all the poems I haven’t written
and all the love 
I pretend I haven’t made

I wanted to die
but hope hounded me 
and hunted me down 
and holds me hostage
and I thank her

When I wanted to leave
I just made myself unbearable enough 
to be deserted...
when I wanted to be wanted
that’s when I pushed everyone away

I wanted to eat the sun
be consumed by lightning
ride in the canyons of creation 
and learn 
what it means 
to be free
so now
I do only what I love

I wanted to be a king
so I met with other kings
but kings just protect thrones
and I’d rather be a fisherman
listening to the wind
watching the currents
reading constellations like brail
hand outstretched to the glimmer
telling stories to the sails
half-hoping the fish 
are smarter than me

I wanted a better face
so I made love to the moon
until her.craters.and.my.scars.fit.together
and we looked like polished granite

I’ve been tormented by fire
run aground
and frozen out
and all I’ve learned
is to dress for the occasion

I wanted to love
but hate paints such a vivid picture sometimes

I wanted to be me
so I travelled the world searching for everything that I’m not
and still finding pieces of me there

I wanted to forget
but I couldn’t remember which memories were still haunting me
until they returned

I wanted to die
but the sky was too big to hold
so here I am again...

listening.

📸 Jurgen Marx

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This is so poignant and breathtaking my friend. Huge love 🙏

Oh my. Beautiful, just beautiful in how heart wrenching this is. X

I get what you mean Luka... true poetry... digging deep brother ❤

❤️

Lucy Sherlock

Milena Romic I die

Tom Frisby feels

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Look.... If a kid shouts some shit out at you while you’re performing a poem, think twice before calling them out because it might be Tourettes Syndrome and then that kid would have to say in front of his whole year level that he has Tourettes and then you’ll have to apologise clearly and rapidly and continue on with the poem like nothing happened so he doesn’t feel like shit and then you’ll have to apologise to him afterwards while he’s leaving and he’ll say it’s cool like it happens all the time because it probably does. Fml. Big love if you’re reading this bro. I’m sorry. 🤷🏽‍♂️ ... See MoreSee Less

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Could be an opportunity to include something in your booking form so that schools can let you know? As someone suggested, it would be great for teachers to let you know... but with so much on their plates, it can slip their minds, so something on the form indicating if there are any students with special needs or that may interrupt etc could be helpful for schools and you? I bet you handled the situation in the best way possible given the circumstances.

To be fair, 99 times out of 100, it would just be a kid being an arse...

It's such a cruel disorder....😪

Reading this made me awkward/cringe laugh so hard. On an upside you now both have an amazing weird story to tell that brings more social awareness to this kind of thing

You've probably got some go-to call outs for these sorts of situations. I suggest keeping them the same (words and tone), just add a Tourettes rider - said with sincerity. If the condition is legit, you've apologised, if it's just someone disrespecting for attention, you've thrown shade without lowering yourself to their level.

Would have been nice for the teachers to give you the heads up 🤔

Teachers should have informed you.

Would be good if the school gave you a heads up respectfully.

The school should’ve given you a heads up before hand.

Wow, you’ve been going through it with kids lately.

Dude... That's..unfortunate 😳😳

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Brail by star glimmer. Love that image..that's now etched into my mind. Thank you and the fish.

Divine!!!

other imagen of king...!!! beautiful...!

Fish are way smarter. Even those who swim in circles. Call me Dory, but don't dare crown me and call me king.

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Still here.

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Love this one. Reminds me of the old fables.

I love this.

Respect.The political establishment and conservative media have this week continued with their deliberate propaganda campaign to dehumanise climate justice activists in order to delegitimise their perfectly reasonable policy demands. Media reports have focussed mainly on the number of people arrested as part of Rebellion Day, rather than the much larger number who came and participated without getting dragged away by the police. News editors have mostly used photos and videos of younger male protesters (particularly men of colour or with a bit of facial hair) in order to reinforce the ‘feral ratbag’ narrative, avoiding photos that show larger crowds of participants, especially women, families with kids and grey-haired retirees (of which there were hundreds at yesterday’s protest). Brisbane’s Mayor (Adrian Schrinner) even went out of his way to call a press conference and describe the thousands of residents who have participated in peaceful protests as ‘extremists,’ which I think was an outrageously disrespectful way to refer to non-violent citizens who are just exercising their democratic rights. Dehumanising peaceful protesters is an intentional political strategy to discourage more people from getting involved in a movement. So I’m thinking of countering this by creating a little Facebook album, maybe called ‘Extremists of Brisbane,’ showing profile photos and brief biographies of everyone who has been involved in recent climate justice protests (whether you were arrested or not). I want to highlight that protesters are not ‘extremists’ at all, but just locals who are concerned about climate change who don’t appreciate the mayor of their city calling them ratbags and ferals. If you’ve been involved in the climate justice movement in any way, please post up in this thread or send me a private message with a photo of yourself along with a few sentences about who you are and why you’ve gotten involved e.g. “Jonno, 31, East Brisbane. I’m a writer, musician and city councillor. I support the climate justice protests because I think First Nations peoples should have the right to say no to coal mining on their land. I think it’s horrible that people in coastal and island communities are having to leave their homes forever just so a few mining billionaires can get a little richer.” A potential concern with a project like this is that we are effectively also creating a handy database of everyone who is participating in climate activism, that the police can then use to target protesters. But I think this is outweighed by a few considerations… 1. The police already have you in their database. If you’ve ever even clicked ‘Interested’ on a Facebook event or shown up at a rally, they probably already know who you are. 2. The more people who are featured in an album like this, the less risk there is to any one individual, and I think there are a lot of ordinary people who’ll be happy to be included. 3. Peaceful protest is not a crime. We are not going to win this campaign by being invisible and trying to avoid the police discovering our identities. We have strength in numbers, so rather than feeling embarrassed of our activism and being scared into hiding by the coal industry puppets’ divisive rhetoric, we should be proud and public in our advocacy. No pressure obviously... I know some people don’t like broadcasting their politics over social media and that's fair enough. But right now, like it or not, we are in the middle of a propaganda war where the Courier Mail, Sky News and the two major political parties are working very hard to craft a narrative that only a small number of fringe extremists care about climate change, which clearly isn’t true, and needs to be directly challenged. Send me your photos/bios! #ExtremistsOfBrisbane ... See MoreSee Less

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This is one of my favourite threads/posts of all time. 💝

Paul

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Respect.Brisbane’s Mayor (Adrian Schrinner) recently described the thousands of Brissie residents who have participated in peaceful protests calling for climate justice as ‘extremists.' We want to remind him that these so-called 'extremists' are just ordinary people who believe a better world is possible, and don't think multi-national corporations should be able to continue polluting and destroying our environment and our futures just so they can make a quick buck. In fact, the real 'extremists' are the ones who think we can continue to export and burn fossil fuels forever without transitioning to a healthier, more sustainable way of life. If you'd like to be added to the album, email thegabba.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au with a profile photo, home suburb and one or two sentences (keep it succinct) about who you are and why you care. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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This... is awesome!

Please consider travelling to defend against the Adani mine. The team up there at the moment is on red alert.

Frontline Action on Coal
RED ALERT: LAND CLEARING HAS BEGUN!! It's time to make your way to the frontlines in Central Queensland. If you have ever thought of joining us, the time is NOW. We can #StopAdani, but we need YOUR HELP. Visit frontlineaction.org/redalert to find out how you can help #BlockadeAdani on site or from home. #redalert
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