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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“There is a very clear narrative that has weaponised racism.” Sara Saleh says politicians like Scott Morrison, Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton have “emboldened Neo-Nazis and white supremacists” and therefore “have blood on their hands”
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Sending love and support to my Muslim friends, brothers and sisters. Crying for what this world is becoming and has become. Praying for the strength and knowledge to be an ally and to continue on the path with a focus on unity and love. Donated to the link below, if you can, do the same. Peace to Aotearoa.

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Sending love and support to my Muslim friends, brothers and sisters. Crying for what this world is becoming and has become. Praying for the strength and knowledge to be an ally and to continue on the path with a focus on unity and love. Donated to the link below, if you can, do the same. Peace to Aotearoa. 

https://www.launchgood.com/project/support_for_the_families__victims_of_the_new_zealand_mosque_shootings

Good vibes only...
aka Tropical shirts only. 🐒🌴
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3 weeks ago

Good vibes only... 
aka Tropical shirts only. 🐒🌴

It could be the samba, could be the funky diet of Papaya I’m on, but two weeks in Brasil have left me feeling thankful.
Or it could be that I get to enter this country welcomed by family, not tourist traps 🤷🏽‍♂️ maybe.
Staying offline as much as possible has taught me a lot these last two weeks though...
A lot about my own anxiety and how social media builds it and feeds off it, about actual news vs hyped up shit designed to ignite my rage and (online only) action, and about family and friends and how deep relationships can be when not set to a clock, or measured by algorithms.
For me, right now, nothing comes close to the analog - maybe that’s just because I’ve overdosed on the digital. What would I rather do, kick it with my homie on the balcony, watching the musicians roll by or answer Facebook messages? Ew.
That said, you’re all great humans and our connections are real I’m not at all reducing just how powerful this medium can be. It’s just not that healthy. It’s not that nourishing. It’s not that thing we all crave, it’s not on here. Whatever it is.
And in that sense, I’m gonna go write another line of poetry, because getting down one line a day or more is better than a hundred posts.
I’m just trying to build my own balance.
Do yourself a favour and find yours.
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3 weeks ago

It could be the samba, could be the funky diet of Papaya I’m on, but two weeks in Brasil have left me feeling thankful. 
Or it could be that I get to enter this country welcomed by family, not tourist traps 🤷🏽‍♂️ maybe. 
Staying offline as much as possible has taught me a lot these last two weeks though...
A lot about my own anxiety and how social media builds it and feeds off it, about actual news vs  hyped up shit designed to ignite my rage and (online only) action, and about family and friends and how deep relationships can be when not set to a clock, or measured by algorithms.
For me, right now, nothing comes close to the analog - maybe that’s just because I’ve overdosed on the digital. What would I rather do, kick it with my homie on the balcony, watching the musicians roll by or answer Facebook messages? Ew. 
That said, you’re all great humans and our connections are real I’m not at all reducing just how powerful this medium can be. It’s just not that healthy. It’s not that nourishing. It’s not that thing we all crave, it’s not on here. Whatever it is. 
And in that sense, I’m gonna go write another line of poetry, because getting down one line a day or more is better than a hundred posts. 
I’m just trying to  build my own balance.
Do yourself a favour and find yours.

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In this particular moment these words are growing arms and hugging me like a bear ! Hope you're well brother!

On my travels from Vietnam to South Africa, Greece to Brazil, all people seem to call for the same thing - to be truly seen and heard. For basic healthcare when sick, for education when their minds are inquiring, for clean water and food when their children are thirsty and growing, and for the chance to apply their skills to a trade, a service, or an artistic tradition. All of these things are human rights. None of these things should have to be fought for.

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On my travels from Vietnam to South Africa, Greece to Brazil, all people seem to call for the same thing - to be truly seen and heard. For basic healthcare when sick, for education when their minds are inquiring, for clean water and food when their children are thirsty and growing, and for the chance to apply their skills to a trade, a service, or an artistic tradition. All of these things are human rights. None of these things should have to be fought for. 

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Flashback to that time I shaved my curls while on tour between Athens and the UK. 2013 😬 ✂️#shaveitagainmaybe

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Tough call, I do like this period though.....🤔 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qcj3eBWK4XM

do it, shave do it.

Don’t waste a single minute living your life just to prove yourself to someone else, no matter who they are. Most of the time we stop ourselves from doing something because someone said some ish once, and it fed into our own doubts and we built it into something bigger than it really is.

It’s a tough one but those ties can be broken.
There are zero outside rules worth following blindly. There is advice you can take or leave, but nothing useful involves keeping up with the Joneses. Or the famous people, or the career, or the Instagram followers.

Last week we celebrated 6 months on the road, something we were worried would bring instability and stress, because that’s what we’d ‘heard’... they’re the fears other people placed them on us - Truth is I’ve never been so grounded or productive. 🤷🏽‍♂️

Basically, f@$k the rules. Follow your instincts and enact self-love to keep those choices aligned to your best possible journey. Whether you want to stay home forever or leave & never return, do what you want to, while respecting the people you love, and the doors will open.

Of course it takes work, it’s not a magic fix, but if you’re going to work for someone anyway, you may as well work for your own dreams, whatever they are.
i.e. get up, get your focus and get it done.

(This has been a motivational speech from Luka Lesson enterprises 😂 )

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Don’t waste a single minute living your life just to prove yourself to someone else, no matter who they are. Most of the time we stop ourselves from doing something because someone said some ish once, and it fed into our own doubts and we built it into something bigger than it really is. 

It’s a tough one but those ties can be broken. 
There are zero outside rules worth following blindly. There is advice you can take or leave, but nothing useful involves keeping up with the Joneses. Or the famous people, or the career, or the Instagram followers.

Last week we celebrated 6 months on the road, something we were worried would bring instability and stress, because that’s what we’d ‘heard’... they’re the fears other people placed them on us - Truth is I’ve never been so grounded or productive. 🤷🏽‍♂️ 

Basically, f@$k the rules. Follow your instincts and enact self-love to keep those choices aligned to your best possible journey. Whether you want to stay home forever or leave & never return, do what you want to, while respecting the people you love, and the doors will open. 

Of course it takes work, it’s not a magic fix, but if you’re going to work for someone anyway, you may as well work for your own dreams, whatever they are. 
i.e. get up, get your focus and get it done. 

(This has been a motivational speech from Luka Lesson enterprises 😂 )

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Straight up!!

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Yes brother 🙌

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A life long dream, fulfilled! #lukainbrazil

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Cue the musica! https://youtu.be/sm0rkkxwdcQ 🙌

I don’t just ‘love’ you. I philia, ludus, storge, erotas & agapi you, babe. 😜

We made it to Brazil!!

#agapiandotherkindsoflove
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I don’t just ‘love’ you. I philia, ludus, storge, erotas & agapi you, babe. 😜 

We made it to Brazil!! 

#agapiandotherkindsoflove

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Osss

Come to Escola Eleva in Rio Luka Lesson, to work some of your magic with our students!

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Agapi and other kinds of love.

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Agape love: In Romans 8: 38For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Blessings Hermano 🙏🏼

I am a future ancient like you Luka! Let me know when you can come to Rio de Janeiro!

Hi! Whoever is reading this, I understand how rough things are right now. I just want to let you know that things will get better, I promise. Keep holding on just a little bit longer. I know you feel like nobody really cares. You're wrong, stop denying it. I care, otherwise I wouldn't be writing this. You're not alone, we may be miles away but we're all going through the same things. Please keep holding on.

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Ever been told by someone that they ‘love you’, and then after 2 more weeks of lovemaking they be like “oh no I meant as a friend 🤷🏽‍♂️ “😑 .

The Ancient Greeks had many words for ‘love’,: Agapi, Erotas, Storge, Philiautia, Ludus, Xenia & Pragma. And they used them, a lot 😉 and so they had less confusion around which was ‘friendship love’ & which was ‘erotic love’, which was the love of country, and the love of the stranger/foreigner (yes cc: Scott Morrison this is a thing). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So I’m proud to announce I have accepted a joint commission from La Boite Theatre & Bleach Festival to write a new solo work entitled ‘Agapi & other kinds of love’. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To tackle such a crucial & vast subject, which has already been written about by every poet/writer in the history of everything damn thing in existence is a heavy task - but I’m stepping up to the challenge with my own position on things. 😬. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

A work in progress showing is scheduled for April 22nd on the Gold Coast during Bleach Festival at the great @dust_temple. The final show will premiere sometime in 2020.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I hope to see you and all your lovers there.
#agapiandotherkindsoflove
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Ever been told by someone that they ‘love you’, and then after 2 more weeks of lovemaking they be like “oh no I meant as a friend 🤷🏽‍♂️ “😑 .

The Ancient Greeks had many words for ‘love’,: Agapi, Erotas, Storge, Philiautia, Ludus, Xenia & Pragma. And they used them, a lot 😉 and so they had less confusion around which was ‘friendship love’ & which was ‘erotic love’, which was the love of country, and the love of the stranger/foreigner (yes cc: Scott Morrison this is a thing). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So I’m proud to announce I have accepted a joint commission from La Boite Theatre & Bleach Festival to write a new solo work entitled ‘Agapi & other kinds of love’. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 
To tackle such a crucial & vast subject, which has already been written about by every poet/writer in the history of everything damn thing in existence is a heavy task - but I’m stepping up to the challenge with my own position on things. 😬. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 

A work in progress showing is scheduled for April 22nd on the Gold Coast during Bleach Festival at the great @dust_temple. The final show will premiere sometime in 2020.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I hope to see you and all your lovers there. 
#agapiandotherkindsoflove
📸 @emoryhall

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Ohhh!!! When this comes to Melbourne, I’m there! That’s awesome Luka! 👍🏻🙏😊

Sounds great, hope I can make it!!

The New Testament was written in ancient Greek language (Koine) also talks about Agape (Love) and it's different forms and meanings. Would be awesome to hear your views too on NT too. <3

I started reading The Symposium a few days ago, apt timing <3

Rose Goulds

Katie & Jenny ❤️

Let’s make a trip down to bleach festival this year? Sara Davidson

Wow this sounds amazing !

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