Luka Lesson is a rapper, poet and recording artist of Greek heritage from Australia. Luka is a former Australian Poetry Slam Champion, has performed his own work with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and has his lyrics studied across universities and schools globally. Luka has toured with the likes of Akala (UK), Lowkey (UK) and Dr Cornel West (USA) and recently released two thought-provoking spoken word pieces 'A Letter To My Daughter' & 'What Will Become Of Us?', both of which cross the boundaries between rap, poetry, classical and electronic music.
Bleach* Festival (AUS) | Edinburgh Literature Festival | Splendour In The Grass (AUS)
4ELEMENTS Hip-Hop Festival (AUS) | Wanderlust Festival (NZ) | Woodford Folk Festival (AUS)
One Blood Festival (South Africa) | Sydney Writers’ Festival | Auckland Writers Festival | Hong Kong Literature Festival
PREVIOUS TOUR SUPPORTS
Nahko & Medicine For The People (USA) | Akala (UK)
Tiki Taane (NZ) | Dr Cornel West (USA) | Shane Koyczan (USA) | Lowkey (UK)
PREVIOUS MC HOSTING DUTIES
Wanderlust Festival Main Stage (NZ) | Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Australian Tour (Think Inc)
La Boite Theatre & Bleach* Festival
‘Agapi & Other Kinds of Love’ (2019)
Queensland Symphony Orchestra
‘Macquarie’ Concerto (2018)
Antidote (2015) | EXIT (2014) | Perasma / Passage (2013) | Please Resist Me (2012)
Antidote (2015) | The Future Ancients (2013)
"Luka is a genuine artist of high quality whose poetry is powerful and poignant. I salute his prophetic witness!" - Dr Cornel West
"Luka Lesson is one of those people who changes the weather; who by his very presence makes the landscape seem more possible, more holy, more livable. I don’t know where he came from or how he got to be so magic. What I do know is that I am better for having experienced him. A better writer. A wider girl. More true of heart. Words make worlds. Luka knows this. His mouth is a creation story…and we are all better for it."
- Dominique Christina, National Poetry Slam Champion and two-time Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion (USA).
"Luka is the kind of poet other poets want to be. Other poets want to be honest."
- Shane Koyczan, Candian Poetry Slam Champion and performer of TED talk “To This Day”.
"I’m not really into hip hop—I’m too old, I guess—but Luka Lesson is a sonic literary genius, and THAT is what I love. So if he is hip hop, then I guess I love hip hop after all."
- Taylor Mali, 4-time National Poetry Slam Champion and former president of Poetry Slam, Inc. (USA).