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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A reading of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ - Translated by Richmond Lattimore, Book 2. ... Read MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

A reading of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ - Translated by Richmond Lattimore, Introduction & Book 1. ... Read MoreSee Less

3 days ago

Tickets for my online show with Think Inc., Building Resilience: A Poet's Guide, are now ON SALE!

My ambition with this show is to arm as many people as possible with the tools they need to craft compelling stories; stories that rise above the half-truths and lazy rhetoric we're so used to hearing.

I'll be challenging you to question the status quo, and will set you on the path to peak resilience, helping your voice be heard in our chaotic world.

I can't wait to see you there! Grab your tickets at bit.ly/lesson-tickets 🎫

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4 days ago

Im excited to annouce that I am Think Incs first guest on their Online Live Event Series, Outside The Box! 

The event, titled Building Resilience: A Poets Guide will be challenging you to question the status quo, and setting you on the path to peak resilience, helping your voice be heard in our chaotic world.

The show will be hosted live on Sunday 19 April. 

Sign up now for tickets: bit.ly/thinklesson

Tickets go on sale: Thursday 9 AM AEDT, 11AM NZDT // Wednesday 3 PM PDT, 6 PM EDT.

#ThinkLesson

I'm excited to annouce that I am Think Inc's first guest on their Online Live Event Series, Outside The Box!

The event, titled Building Resilience: A Poet's Guide will be challenging you to question the status quo, and setting you on the path to peak resilience, helping your voice be heard in our chaotic world.

The show will be hosted live on Sunday 19 April.

Sign up now for tickets: bit.ly/thinklesson

Tickets go on sale: Thursday 9 AM AEDT, 11AM NZDT // Wednesday 3 PM PDT, 6 PM EDT.

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6 days ago

Sending love and appreciation to these good people who have become my creative Patrons in the past few days. From $1 to $36 per month, you can help me to stay afloat while I give you mad gifts and we stay connected.

To become a Patron go to www.patreon.com/lukalesson

Thanks to...

Gursharan Nijher
Nicole Burns
Bronwyn E Eather
Charmaine Thomson
Victoria Larnach
Joel Kelsey
Katie Giles
Amy Sly
Martin Richards
Norbyah Nolasco
Anna M
Kate
Sara Eleonora Maris
Philippa Liddy
Kayleigh Stanke
Rose
Mahera Rawhiti
Alexandra Steffan
AshSkyes
PIMP
Antonella Fedele
Misha Khan
Sara Mansour
Sarah Colaiacovo
Madeleine Riot
Caroline Scott
Jamie Bacigalupo
Jennifer Innes
Maryanne
Aurora Raine
Christopher Poindexter
Murray Kyle
Louise Sawilejskij
Hanna May
&
Anne Fry

Legends, the lot of you.
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2 weeks ago

Mum and Dad are going to buy a goat. I'm planting seeds and watching gardening videos. COVID is bringing the village back into our lives. #basil ... Read MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Fam. I know Im one of the lucky ones, and I understand Ive got my life, my wife and a roof over our heads. 

But heres the deal: If you’re not a performing artist and you’re not sure what this all means for us, here’s the deal for me: 

- An Odysseus VIP event at Sydney Biennale that Vyvienne Abla had worked super hard to make happen (which was meant to link us with possible investors) - cancelled. 

- A poetry event I was curating which was set to fly in and pay a bunch of poets and rappers from Singapore, NZ, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne etc - cancelled.

- Multiple appearances at 4E Hip-hop Festival - cancelled or at least postponed. 

- All Full-day residencies at different schools across Australia - cancelled 

- Another full week of work (8 performances) in schools in early May - cancelled

- A weekend of workshops booked at NIDA in Sydney - cancelled.

- Rhodes Poetry Retreat in early October in Greece seriously under threat - most likely to be postponed or cancelled.

And that’s just a selection of what’s going on ☝🏽 
I know so many of you are experiencing the same thing. 

So please, do not feel obliged to help me before you look after yourselves or your communities. 

At least this post will simply give you an idea of what the artists in your life are going through - please show them love and understanding. 

Also, don’t feel like somehow I am more important than other organisations you might want to support at this time. I understand 100% and I am working towards doing the same once I’m secure. 

But right now, Im asking for those of you who can support to go to my Patreon page and become a patron of my work. 

My community is my plan B. 

I’m working hard on plans C, D, E & F - But Im asking for a leg up to cross this immediate bridge. 

To become a patron and get some nice gifts in the mail go to: www.patreon.com/lukalesson 

Much love.

Fam. I know I'm one of the lucky ones, and I understand I've got my life, my wife and a roof over our heads.

But here's the deal: If you’re not a performing artist and you’re not sure what this all means for us, here’s the deal for me:

- An Odysseus VIP event at Sydney Biennale that Vyvienne Abla had worked super hard to make happen (which was meant to link us with possible investors) - cancelled.

- A poetry event I was curating which was set to fly in and pay a bunch of poets and rappers from Singapore, NZ, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne etc - cancelled.

- Multiple appearances at 4E Hip-hop Festival - cancelled or at least postponed.

- All Full-day residencies at different schools across Australia - cancelled

- Another full week of work (8 performances) in schools in early May - cancelled

- A weekend of workshops booked at NIDA in Sydney - cancelled.

- Rhodes Poetry Retreat in early October in Greece seriously under threat - most likely to be postponed or cancelled.

And that’s just a selection of what’s going on ☝🏽
I know so many of you are experiencing the same thing.

So please, do not feel obliged to help me before you look after yourselves or your communities.

At least this post will simply give you an idea of what the artists in your life are going through - please show them love and understanding.

Also, don’t feel like somehow I am more important than other organisations you might want to support at this time. I understand 100% and I am working towards doing the same once I’m secure.

But right now, I'm asking for those of you who can support to go to my Patreon page and become a patron of my work.

My community is my plan B.

I’m working hard on plans C, D, E & F - But I'm asking for a leg up to cross this immediate bridge.

To become a patron and get some nice gifts in the mail go to: www.patreon.com/lukalesson

Much love.
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I'm excited to annouce that I am Think Inc's first guest on their Online Live Event Series, Outside The Box! 

The event, titled Building Resilience: A Poet's Guide will be challenging you to question the status quo, and setting you on the path to peak resilience, helping your voice be heard in our chaotic world.

The show will be hosted live on Sunday 19 April. 

Sign up now for tickets: bit.ly/thinklesson

Tickets go on sale: Thursday 9 AM AEDT, 11AM NZDT // Wednesday 3 PM PDT, 6 PM EDT.

#ThinkLesson
Fam. I know I'm one of the lucky ones, and I understand I've got my life, my wife and a roof over our heads. 

But here's the deal: If you’re not a performing artist and you’re not sure what this all means for us, here’s the deal for me: 

- An Odysseus VIP event at Sydney Biennale that Vyvienne Abla had worked super hard to make happen (which was meant to link us with possible investors) - cancelled. 

- A poetry event I was curating which was set to fly in and pay a bunch of poets and rappers from Singapore, NZ, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne etc - cancelled.

- Multiple appearances at 4E Hip-hop Festival - cancelled or at least postponed. 

- All Full-day residencies at different schools across Australia - cancelled 

- Another full week of work (8 performances) in schools in early May - cancelled

- A weekend of workshops booked at NIDA in Sydney - cancelled.

- Rhodes Poetry Retreat in early October in Greece seriously under threat - most likely to be postponed or cancelled.

And that’s just a selection of what’s going on ☝🏽 
I know so many of you are experiencing the same thing. 

So please, do not feel obliged to help me before you look after yourselves or your communities. 

At least this post will simply give you an idea of what the artists in your life are going through - please show them love and understanding. 

Also, don’t feel like somehow I am more important than other organisations you might want to support at this time. I understand 100% and I am working towards doing the same once I’m secure. 

But right now, I'm asking for those of you who can support to go to my Patreon page and become a patron of my work. 

My community is my plan B. 

I’m working hard on plans C, D, E & F - But I'm asking for a leg up to cross this immediate bridge. 

To become a patron and get some nice gifts in the mail go to: www.patreon.com/lukalesson 

Much love.
A new era has come.

In the midst of a shitstorm my community has answered the call. 📞 

I now have 25 Patrons I didn’t have two days ago. 

My aim is to get to 60 by the end of this weekend. 

I believe in US.

Tune in to my official Patreon Launch on Facebook Live tomorrow.

To become a patron check www.patreon.com/lukalesson

Launch Times 🚀 

OZ
Sat 12pm-2pm Syd/Mel
Sat 11am-1pm Brisbane 
Sat 11.30am Adelaide 
Sat 10.30am Darwin 

USA
Fri 9pm NYC
Fri 6pm LA

South America 
Fri 10pm Santiago de Chile 
Fri 10am Rio de Janeiro 

For my European and African Nations crew, the live will be reposted on my FB page for 24hrs. So you can catch it when you wake up Saturday morning. 

Big love. We have begun. 

#worldpoetryday

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In any order. In every moment. 

👴🏽❤️ A chance to respect our elders.

To self-reflect.

To share close times with our loves ones.

To take stock and remind ourselves what is important.

To die a little, and come back outside again renewed.

A sweat lodge for the continents.

A chance to gain more strength.

Practice resilience.

Connect with our communities.

And 👊🏽expand our ability to love.

The only way to come to terms with such wild times - is to find the lessons in it all and wear them like plates of armour. 

The world will never be the same.

Thankfully, 
hopefully... 🤞🏽
Big Salutes and respect from the bottom of this rebellious poet's heart to my first 16 Patrons who signed up to my Patreon page overnight. 

Kelly Burton
Hina
Nikki Gray 
Aidan McShane
Pat Allan
Larissa Payne 
Gemma Davis 
Brian Dubb 
ALPHAMAMA
Cassie Pope
Mario Bucetti
Cassandra Taylor 
Karol Knott
Casey 
Chiara Gabrielli
&
Lynette Russell 

 I appreciate you! 

To become a patron of my work go to: www.patreon.com/lukalesson

Don't forget to come party with me at the Patreon Launch on FB LIVE this Saturday at 12pm-2pm. Gonna be a vibe!
Poetry.
This Saturday is World Poetry Day, and to celebrate poems and every poet's innate ability to move with the times - I'm launching my Patreon page in a free Facebook live stream. Pull up!
The time has come to accept the new ways, and ride them into the sunset. 

I’ve been wanting to start a Patreon page for a while, but there’s nothing like 20+ cancellations and deep threats to your livelihood to help an artist make a decision. 

I want to do this right. I want to have close relationships with my patrons and to stay connected well beyond the current hysteria. I want it to mean good vibes and safe spaces. 

I want us to build and celebrate art each other.

I want this Patreon page, and the generosity of my community to fill my cup so much that it spills into the hands of other artists and good humans around me. 

I know I’ve been hit fairly hard, but I still have my life, my wife & a roof over my head. And I am thankful. 

This Saturday join me in a celebration, I’ll be reading new poems, giving a couple of poetry book reviews, and giving a free writers’ workshop called ‘The Transformative Moment’

To become my first Patron, head over to www.patreon.com/lukalesson

Love!

#WorldPoetryDay
Day 10 of 10 days x 10 pics of me doing Art.

Had to take it back to the very start. 

Lex Wotton fundraiser, West End, March 21, 2009 with Ahmed Wandru & Surya Quillmatic. Cops came and filmed our gig that night. Surrounded the crowd, intimidated us and tried to arrest some local Murri folks on their way home. 

Now more than 10 years later both Lex and Palm Island community have been proven right and compensation is being paid. 

The words and hearts were strong that night. 

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Support the arts in 2020 & beyond, we work hard and appreciate when people experience our labour. 🙏🏽 plus, we’re consistently on the right side of history. 

pic by Peter Branjerdporn maybe?
Day 9 of 10 days x 10 pics of me doing Art.

This is what it looks like a lot of the time. 

Support the arts in 2020 & beyond, we work hard and appreciate when people experience our labour. 🙏🏽

pic by Seshanka Samarajiwa
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