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Rising Voices Grand Slam Final


Rising Voices Grand Slam Final
Saturday 22nd October
Auckland Town Hall
301-317 Queen Street
$25 general admission / $15 students
Bookings: or 0800 111 999
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

To learn more, check out the youtube promotional video:

Rising Voices was co-founded in 2011 by Grace Taylor and Jai MacDonald and became a charitable trust in 2016. The programme provides a 8 week writing and performance workshop series in both Christchurch and Auckland, culminating in three performance events: a Regional Poetry Slam in each city and a Grand Slam Finals in Auckland.

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