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Rising Voices Youth Poetry Grand Slam

Sat Oct 22nd, 2016

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Rising Voices Youth Poetry Movement, New Zealand’s premiere spoken word programme, and Auckland Live join together to bring you the best, boldest and brightest talents of Aotearoa for one night of incredible performances.

The 2016 Grand Slam Final will bring the top emerging spoken word artists in the country, ages 16-24, to the stage to perform their own original work. Bringing to life stories of their backgrounds, upbringings, and cultures, these poets will create a powerful and passionate night of poetry and performance. This exceptional display of talent will be electric, hilarious and brave: it is not a night to be missed.

Rising Voices has impacted hundreds of students and thousands of audience members on both the North and South Island over the course of their six year programme by encouraging young writers to tell their stories in their own words.

This unique opportunity gives young writers in Auckland and Christchurch a chance to work with exceptionally talented professionals in a nurturing environment before stepping out on New Zealand’s biggest performance stages.

Poets are judged by a panel of three special guest judges. In the final round, the audience takes control of the vote to decide who will be their Rising Voices Grand Slam Champion.

“These are the young rising voices of our nation, voices worth hearing.” Metro Magazine

$25 general admission / $15 students

acoustic/solo, alternative, art/noise

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