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Motif Poetry, Wellington City Council and Creative New Zealand present
Festival of Slam Wellington
For the first time a handful of spoken word and poetry groups in Wellington have banded together to create a day of poetry, culminating in the Wellington Regional Slam Final 2018.
Festival of Slam Wellington is a full day of events based in and around the National Library in Wellington, this festival has been curated so that it can be enjoyed no matter your experience with slam or spoken word.
The workshops, open mic and panel discussion are all free but with limited space. The regional slam final is ticketed.
We're so excited to see you.
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Poetry and Performance Workshops
From 10:00am - Free - Booking essential - National Library, Tiakiwai Conference Centre (Lower Ground Floor)
Fun, interactive workshops with New Zealand’s top poets and performers. A chance to pick up some tips and discover your inner poet! Free and open to everyone age 14 and over.
Perhaps you have a few new poems and need a safe space to try them out? Maybe you want to give performance poetry a try but don’t know where to start?
Join Sara Hirsch (UK Slam Champion and internationally acclaimed spoken word educator) and Anya Tate-Manning (Fiery Tongues, My Best Dead Friend) for a morning of fun, interactive and informative workshops. Covering everything from writing to performance, these back to back workshops will get even the most rusty of writers scribbling & shouting poetry.
Or possibly you are competing in the regional slam final that evening and need some last minute practice? Whatever your experience, background and ability, we would love to meet you at these informal sessions.
Book a space by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The performance and writing workshops will be running at the same time from 10:00am, then they will swap over so all participants have a chance to do both.
Workshop 1: 10:00am - 11:00am
Workshop 2: 11:15am - 12:15am
Wellington Feminist Poetry Club
Open mic + featured poet
1:30pm - Free - Backbenchers Pub
Welcome to the club.
Join The Wellington Feminist Poetry Club on this special one-off event for the Festival of Slam, get ready as the nerdiest kids in school deliver you a whip-smart and biting night of spoken word poetry.
The capital’s sharpest literary students will be taking the podium with moving, lyrical and even comedic stories of modern girlhood, queer resistance or anything they damn well please. The curriculum is enticing, the reading list is more-ish and the homework, nonexistent. It’s the most entertaining extracurricular activity about.
'The Future of Slam Poetry'
4:00pm - Free - National Library, Tiakiwai Conference Centre
(Lower Ground Floor)
Panel discussion with Te Kahu Rolleston, Sara Hirsch and Nicole Hawkins. Chaired by Ben Fagan.
Join a local and international panel of experts for an informal conversation around slam poetry, from the benefits of school slams to the perils of score creep.
Hear from New Zealand Slam Champ Te Kahu Rolleston, international Slammer and slam host Sara Hirsch, and local teacher and poetry producer Nicole Hawkins for a frank and fascinating conversation exploring poetry slam and its future in New Zealand.
Hosted by Motif Poetry, with lots of time for audience questions, our panel discussion will cover everything slam related, from the pitfalls of competitive art to the power of a spoken word platform for young people and adults alike.
Whatever your views on poetry slam, come along to help us delve into the divisive performance poetry format that is taking the world by storm.
Wellington Regional Poetry Slam 2018
7:00pm - Waged/Unwaged prices - Book tickets here
National Library, Tiakiwai Auditorium
It’s all been building up to this. Across the year, Poetry in Motion has been running slams, now the winners will come together and battle it out to be Wellington’s 2018 Poetry Slam Champion.
Poetry Slam is the competitive format taking the world by storm. A high energy, enthralling event where performance poets are judged by random members of the audience in an arbitrary but totally engaging way.
Since 2011, many of Greater Wellington’s finest performance poets have competed and this year’s slams have been no different. Sold out events, packed open mics and searing hot verse screams out that poetry is alive and kicking in the capital.
There are cash prizes for the first three places, PLUS the winner will travel to Christchurch in November to compete for the title of New Zealand Slam Champ.
Be quick, this event always sells out!
Motif Poetry in Wellington
We are partnered with two epic poetry series in Wellington, Poetry in Motion and Wellington Feminist Poetry Club.
If you want to try out an epic open mic, we recommend Poetry in Motion, first Thursday of every month at The Fringe bar on Allen Street. PiM also runs the Wellington Regional Poetry Slam, so if you want to take your poetry to battle, follow their website and facebook page for updates.
If you are female-identifying or queer and like the idea of a safe public space to share your work, send us a message and we'll put you in touch with the Wellington Feminist Poetry Collective. They're a great line-up show for poets at all levels to share work.
Make sure you join our Wellington facebook group to keep in touch. We'll be posting about any and all shows, workshops and opportunities. While you're there, feel free to follow us on all your favourite social media sites.