Motif Poetry presents
Festival of Slam Wellington
1 - 2 November 2019
Festival of Slam Wellington is a full day of events based at ZEAL and 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, youth slam and open mic are all free but with limited space. You can book your place in any of these events by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The regional slam final is ticketed. You can buy your ticket here, it sells out every year so we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.
We're so excited to see you. Huge thanks to Wellington City Council, Creative NZ, ZEAL and the National Library of New Zealand for making these events possible.
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Wellington Youth Poetry Slam
6:00pm - ZEAL Wellington, 55 Cuba Street, Level 1
TO TAKE PART EMAIL: email@example.com
The second annual Wellington Youth Poetry Slam is here!
Here is your chance to be crowned the Wellington Youth Poetry Slam Champion 2019, and win a place in the Regional Finals the next day.
If you are interested in entering this high-energy event and are between 13-20 years old, email firstname.lastname@example.org - First-come first-served for entry, there will be very limited signups on the night. Koha entry.
Hosted by UK Poetry Slam Champion Sara Hirsch.
Slam Poetry Rules
- Three rounds, so prepare three poems with a possible slam-off in case of a tie. Everyone will perform in the first round, then there will be eliminations in the second and third rounds.
-Each poem must be the poet's own original work.
- The poet may not use props, or musical instruments. Costumes or clothing other than normal street wear will be deemed props.
- Each poet gets 3 minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read/perform one poem. If the poet goes past the grace period, points will be deducted from the total score.
- The three minutes begins as soon as the poet addresses the audience including introductions and poem titles. (Time taken to adjust the microphone will not be counted.)
- There will be five judges chosen randomly from the audience prior to the commencement of the event. Each judge will award points between 0 and 10 for each poem.
- Of the scores awarded, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score between 0-30.
- In the instance of a tie, a "slam off" will be called to determine final positions.
NOTE: Entry restricted to poets 13 to 20 years old.
To take part email email@example.com
Free Poetry and Performance Workshops
From 10:00am - 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 Tessa Waters (Womanz, Fully Sik) 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
2pm - Free - National Library of New Zealand
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.
Wellington Regional Poetry Slam 2019
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 2019 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!