Slam Finals • Saturday, July 21 • 7pm • Arena Theatre

 

2018

Brave New Voices Festival


July 18-21, 2018 | Houston, TX

The Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, powered by Youth Speaks, is the only festival of its kind. Every year, over 500 young poets, their mentors, and the nation’s leading artists and cultural workers convene in a different U.S. city for 4-5 days of arts education, artistic expression, and civic engagement.

This year, for the first time ever, Brave New Voices is coming to Houston, Texas July 18 - 21, 2018. Young poets from around the world will take center stage for an inspiring week of poetry slams, workshops, performances, and community building.

JULY 18 • 7PM

Opening
Ceremony



Performances by top spoken word artists from around the world.


TICKETS

JULY 19 • 8:30PM

Queeriosity



LGBTQ youth reshaping conversations about sexuality, identity, & community.


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JULY 20 • ALL DAY

Quarterfinals &
Semifinals



500 young poets from around the showcase their poems.


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JULY 21 • 7PM

Slam
Finals



Top-scoring teams compete to become the 2018 Slam Champion.


TICKETS

Writing Workshops


July 19, 2018 | 1:15PM - 2:30PM

Youth Writing and Performance Workshops are open to BNV participants and local young people 13-24 years old.

 

Two Decades Strong


A look back at 20 years of Brave New Voices, the largest youth spoken word festival in the world. Watch as young poets from Brooklyn to Bermuda take center stage to get free through the power of poetry.

 

Road to BNV


After months of preliminary rounds with over 500 youth poets hailing from the Bay (San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Hayward and more), 12 finalists stepped up to the mic at the Nourse Theater on April 14th for a night of spoken word poetry at 2018 Teen Poetry Slam.


Process to Performance


Follow the journey of the Houston team (Meta-Four Houston) and the Detroit team (InsideOut Literary Arts) as they practice and prepare for Brave New Voices.

Learn More about:
 Meta-Four Houston
InsideOut Literary Arts

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