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QPF2017 Living Artefact: Luka Lesson + Kahl Wallis Concert

Presented by Queensland Poetry Festival

As part of QPF2017 Distant Voices, Australia’s bestselling spoken-word/hip-hop artist, Luka Lesson, joins creative forces with multi-award-winning Indigenous artist Kahl Wallis (The Medics) for their joint “Living Artefact” single and national tour, with QPF presenting the Brisbane leg. Passionate and proud of their respective heritages, Living Artefact is a strong, defiant world hip-hop track determined to continue their contemporary cultural songlines. Lesson will also be in special three-piece band mode for the first time in QLD.

Dubbed "a sonic literary genius", Lesson is known worldwide as a leading Aussie slam poet with two best-selling poetry books, two music EPs, and national tours with Nahko and Medicine for the People (US) and Akala (UK) to his name. Luka Lesson kicks off the Living Artefact tour fresh from performing at 2017's Splendour in the Grass festival, while Kahl Wallis emerges from the recording studio where he is currently creating his much-anticipated debut solo album.

Supported on the night by rising Quandamooka voice Sachem Parkin-Owens and 2016 Queensland Slam Champion Anisa Nandaula.

Watch Luka Lesson's Antidote video

Watch Kahl Wallis' Children of the Revolution video

Image Caption: Luka Lesson & Khal Wallis
Image Credit: Luka Lesson




Event Details

Date & Time

Sat 26 Aug, 7.30pm
Duration: Approx 120min, no interval


Cabaret & Theatre Unreserved Seating
General admission: $25
Age recommendation: 15+ (Mature Themes)



Dr Cornel West

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


Luka Lesson shines on Living Artefact, sharing with us a much-needed dose of culture, ancestry and heritage. His flow is hypnotic and his delivery radiates strength. Kahl Wallis’ voice uplifts. The two together make this song truly hit home.