Watch the rousing spoken-word performances that won first and second place in the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Victorian state finals!
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Watch the impassioned spoken-word performances that won first and second place in the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Victorian state finals!
Watch the winning poems by Arielle Cottingham and William Beale, contestants in the 2016 Australian Poetry Slam state finals.
Explore the lives of three German-Australians before, after and during WWII in this video featuring Berry Family fellow Minna Muhlen-Schulte.
See spoken word poets Abe Nouk and Ed Carlyon in action at the 2015 Australian Poetry Slam Victorian final.
See how the Library's dome was transformed into an illuminated 360-degree artwork for White Night 2015.
Spot Alice and the Mad Hatter gracing the Library's facade during our White Night Melbourne 2015 illuminations.
French graphic design artists Antoine + Manuel introduce their White Night 2015 projection Eat me, featuring music by Sui Zhen.
Watch contestant Brendan Reed Dennis perform his winning poem, 'Peter Piper', in the Victorian final of the 2014 Poetry Slam.