• BIO

    THE HIGHLIGHTS

     

    2020
    | ESTABLISHED: ‘THE FUTURE ANCIENTS’ PODCAST
    | EDUCATION PROGRAMS: CHINA, AUSTRALIA
    | FESTIVALS: ONE EARTH LIVE, 4E SYDNEY, RED DIRT POETRY FESTIVAL

     

    2019
    | SINGLE RELEASE: WELCOME TO PARADOX
    | TOURS: AUSTRALIA, LONDON, ATHENS
    | FESTIVALS: BLEACH FESTIVAL, MELBOURNE SPOKEN WORD + POETRY FESTIVAL
    | PUBLISHED: ‘POEMS FROM A GREEN AND BLUE PLANET’ EDITED BY SABRINA MAFOUZ (HACHETTE, UK), ‘SOLID AIR" EDITED BY DAVID STAVANGER + ANNE-MARIE TE WHIU (UQP)

    | EDUCATION PROGRAMS: AUSTRALIA, HONG KONG, MALAYSIA, VIETNAM, SINGAPORE

    | FACILITATED: RHODES POETRY RETREAT

     

    2018
    | ESTABLISHED: ‘THE FUTURE ANCIENTS’ PTYLTD (CEO)
    | WORK IN PROGRESS SHOWING: ‘ODYSSEUS’, FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE | SINGLE RELEASE: LIVING ARTEFACT
    | TOUR SUPPORTS: TIKI TAANE (NZ), NAHKO + MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE (USA)
    | FESTIVALS: WAVE FESTIVAL, HORIZON FESTIVAL
    | COMMISSIONS: ‘MACQUARIE’ QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
    | EDUCATION PROGRAMS: AUSTRALIA, VIETNAM, HONG KONG
    | FACILITATED: RHODES POETRY RETREAT

     

    2017
    | RESIDENCY: SCOTTISH POETRY LIBRARY
    | FESTIVALS: EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL (UK), WANDERLUST (NZ), SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS (AUS)
    | TOUR SUPPORT: AKALA (UK)
    | EDUCATION PROGRAMS: AUSTRALIA, CHINA, SCOTLAND
    | ESTABLISHED: RHODES POETRY RETREAT, GREECE

     

    2016
    | FIRST WORK IN PROGRESS SHOWING: ‘ODYSSEUS’ - SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC

    | TOUR SUPPORT: AKALA (UK)
    | FESTIVALS: SOMERSET CELEBRATION OF LITERATURE
    | EDUCATION PROGRAMS: AUSTRALIA, CHINA, NEW ZEALAND

     

    2015

    | ALBUM & BOOK RELEASE ‘ANTIDOTE’

    | TOURS: AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SOUTH AFRICA

    | TOUR SUPPORTS: DR CORNEL WEST (USA)

    | FESTIVALS: ONE BLOOD FESTIVAL (SA), QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL, UPLIFT FESTIVAL

    | PUBLISHED: ‘HOME IS WHERE THE MIC IS’ EDITED BY MANDI VUNDLA (BOTSOSO)

    | EDUCATION PROGRAMS: AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AFRICA, CHINA

     

    2014
    | ALBUM RELEASE: ‘EXIT’
    | TOURS: AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND
    | RESIDENCY: BEIJING BOOKWORM WRITERS FESTIVAL
    | FESTIVALS: SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS, RAINBOW SERPENT FESTIVAL

    | EDUCATION PROGRAMS: AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND

     

    2013
    | EP RELEASE ‘PERASMA/PASSAGE’
    | BOOK RELEASE: THE FUTURE ANCIENTS
    | TOURS: AUSTRALIA, GREECE
    | FESTIVALS: WORD TRAVELS FESTIVAL, UPLIFT FESTIVAL, HONG KONG YOUNG READERS + WRITERS FESTIVAL, MAKASSAR LITERATURE FESTIVAL, BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL
    | EDUCATION PROGRAMS: AUSTRALIA, CHINA

     

    2012
    | ALBUM RELEASE: ‘PLEASE RESIST ME’
    | TOURS: UNITED STATES, NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA
    | TOUR SUPPORT: SHANE KOYCZAN (CANADA), JIVE POETIC (NYC)), KEN ARKIND (USA),
    MAHOGANY L. BROWNE (NYC)
    | FESTIVALS: UPLIFT FESTIVAL, AUCKLAND WRITERS FESTIVAL, SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL, BEIJING BOOKWORM LITERATURE FESTIVAL, UBUD WRITERS FESTIVAL
    | HEADLINE SHOW: NUYORICAN POETS’ CAFE (NYC)
    | EDUCATION PROGRAMS: AUSTRALIA

     

    2011
    | COMMISSION: ‘LUKA LESSON ART SERIES’ NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
    | POETRY SLAMS: WINNER - AUSTRALIAN POETRY SLAM NATIONAL FINAL, PLACED - 19TH OUT OF 80 - INDIVIDUAL WORLD POETRY SLAM (IWPS), CHARLOTTE, USA
    | TOURS: UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA
    | PUBLISHED: ‘SOUTHERN SUN, AEGEAN LIGHT: POETS OF SECOND-GENERATION GREEK- AUSTRALIANS’ EDITED BY NICK TRAKAKIS (ASP)

     

    2010
    | EP RELEASE ‘CHILD’S PLAY’
    | POETRY SLAM: WINNER - MELBOURNE OVERLOAD POETRY FESTIVAL SLAM, WINNER - GREENS POETRY SLAM

    | CO-CURATOR: ‘TELL IT LIKE IT IS’ SPOKEN WORD SERIES, FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE

     

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    TERTIARY EDUCATION HISTORY

     

    | MASTERS IN SOUND DESIGN (PERFORMANCE POETRY), VICTORIAN COLLEGE OF THE ARTS

    | FIRST CLASS HONOURS, INDIGENOUS STUDIES, MONASH UNIVERSITY
    | BACHELOR OF ARTS (ANTHROPOLOGY), UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND

     

     

     

    LUKA LESSON IS A SPOKEN WORD POET AND RAPPER WHOSE WORK ENGAGES WITH THE GREEK MYTHOLOGY OF HIS FAMILY HOMELAND, THE FIERCELY POLITICAL AND THE VULNERABLY SELF-REFLECTIVE. LUKA HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED BY THE QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, BLEACH* FESTIVAL AND LA BOITE THEATRE. HE HAS ALSO RELEASED TWO MUSICAL ALBUMS AND TWO INDEPENDANT BOOKS AND BEEN PUBLISHED IN A NUMBER OF POETRY COLLECTIONS.

     

    LUKA HAS TOURED WITH THE LIKES OF OMAR MUSA, AKALA (UK), LOWKEY (UK), TIKI TAANE (NZ), NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE (USA), XIUHTEZCATL, AND DR CORNEL WEST (USA). LUKA LESSON HAS ALWAYS USED EDUCATION-BASED PROGRAMS AS A MEANS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE BOTH WITHIN AUSTRALIA AND ABROAD AND HIS WORK IS CURRENTLY BEING STUDIED IN ENGLISH DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

     

    IN 2017 LUKA ESTABLISHED HIS FIRST POETRY RETREAT. THE RHODES POETRY RETREAT IS BASED IN HIS GRANDFATHER'S VILLAGE ON THE ISLAND OF RHODES AND WELCOMES POETS OF DIFFERENT LEVELS AND STYLES FROM ACROSS THE PLANET. IN 2018 LUKA ESTABLISHED THE FUTURE ANCIENTS PTY LTD AN ARTS-BASED COMPANY WHICH HOUSES HIS CREATIVE PROJECTS, EDUCATION PROGRAMS & RETREATS.

     

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    "Luka is a genuine artist of high quality whose poetry is powerful and poignant. I salute his prophetic witness!"

                

    - Dr Cornel West

     

     

    "Luka is the kind of poet other poets want to be. Other poets want to be honest."

                                  

    - Shane Koyczan

     

     

    “Luka Lesson is quickly becoming one of the most powerful artists of our medium... his work is most importantly simple, honest, rebellion. The stuff that all great art is made from. His poems are fistfights with history, the truthful telling of it, honest Hellenic hip hop anthems sung from between the parts of your textbooks your teachers warned you about."

     

    - Ken Arkind

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