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18 Nov

The Fremantle Biennale are excited to announce acclaimed surrealist blues poet and community organiser aja monet will premiere her debut album when the poems do what they do in a one-night only event in Fremantle this coming November.

New York born and raised, aja’s debut album offers a glimpse into her indefatigable commitment to speak. These aren’t poems for poets, but poems for everyone.

aja’s premiere in Australia will see her joined by some of WA’s best musicians, with her unique storytelling, centring Black resistance, love and the inexhaustible quest for joy, expanded with music. Songs reminiscent of jazz club virtuosity and melee, come together with chords of healing and prayer, in a not to be missed experience with one of the world’s most profound voices.

aja monet with the Surrealists (Jess Carlton, Djuna Lee, Talya Valenti, Michelle Smith and Harry Mitchell). With supporting performances from poet Jazz Money and The Colour Beige.

aja monet will also feature in a one-night-only event at Lawson Flats, in conversation with writer, activist and political commentator Sisonke Msimang, at 6pm on Thursday 16 November. 

Full video of conversation:


Date and Time

Fremantle Passenger Terminal
Sat, 18 Nov 2023


General $69 + bf
Concession $45 + bf
BLAKTIX $35 + bf

Assistive Listening Performance
Auslan Interpreted Performance

  • aja monet

    aja monet is a surrealist blues poet, storyteller, and organizer born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She won the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam poetry award title in 2007 and aja monet follows in the long legacy and tradition of poets participating and assembling in social movements. Her first full collection of poems is titled, My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter on Haymarket Books. Her poems explore gender, race, migration, and spirituality. In 2018, she was nominated for a NAACP Literary Award for Poetry and in 2019 was awarded the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award for Poetry for her cultural organizing work in South Florida. aja monet cofounded a political home for artists and organizers called, Smoke Signals Studio. She facilitates “Voices: Poetry for the People,” a workshop and collective in collaboration with Community Justice Project and Dream Defenders. She is currently working on her next full collection of poems entitled, Florida Water. aja monet also serves as the new Artistic Creative Director for V-Day, a global movement to end violence against all women and girls.

  • Jazz Money

    Jazz Money is a Wiradjuri poet and artist based on Gadigal land, Sydney. Her practice is centred around poetics while producing works that encompass installation, digital, performance, film and print. Jazz’s writing and art has been widely presented, performed and published nationally and internationally. Their first poetry collection, the best-selling how to make a basket (UQP, 2021) won the David Unaipon Award, and a second collection The Fire Inside will be released through UQP in 2024. In October 2023 WINHANGANHA their feature length film reconfiguring the visual archive as poetry commissioned by the National Film and Sound Archive will premiere at the British Film Institute in London. Jazz is a 2023 resident artist at the Carriageworks Clothing Store in Sydney.

  • The Colour Beige

    A shapeshifter, able to take on many forms and disciplines within the creative sphere. These forms are (however, not secluded to); poetry, portraiture, cinematography, set design, as well as fashion. The Colour Beige (Heritier Kasanda) tilts deeply into narratives, beckoning ghosts into stranger into kin.

  • Fremantle Passenger Terminal, Fremantle Port
  • Information

    Duration: 3 hours
    7pm: Doors
    7:30pm: the color beige
    8:15pm: Jazz Money
    8:45pm: aja monet and the surrealists


    Event Information:
    This event will be held indoors, with all facilities available, including accessible toilets. Free drinking water, as well as a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available at the bar. Food will not be available.


    Facilities, food & drink:
    The venue is equipped with accessible toilets and drinking water.
    There will be a well-stocked bar, but food will not be available on site. There are several great hospitality options nearby. Visit our Plan Your Visit section for our favourite cafes, restaurants and bars.

  • Getting There

    Passenger Terminal Car Park
    Wilson Parking
    Ferry Parking


    Public Transport:
    The Fremantle Passenger Terminal is a very short walk from the Fremantle Train Station, which is the final destination for the Fremantle Train line, as well as several bus routes.

  • Access

    The Fremantle Passenger Terminal is equipped with accessible toilets and elevators. ACROD parking spaces are available in the Passenger Terminal Car Park.
    The event space is on the first floor, accessed by an elevator. The event area is spacious and consists of both hard floor and carpet.

  • Image credit

    Photos: aja monet, Photo by Fanny Chu; Jazz Money. Courtesy the artist; Heritier Kasanda. Photo by Duncan Wright.