BNV Festival Atlanta 2015

The Brave New Voices Festival is many things, including but not limited to the home of the International Youth Poetry Slam. Once a year, hundreds of young poets, their mentors, and the organizations that sponsor them come from all over the country – and increasingly the globe – to spend 5 days together celebrating the voices of our future. Powered by Youth Speaks, the festival invites young people to take part in as many as 30 workshops and 50 events in just a few days.

As featured on HBO and multiple other media outlets, Brave New Voices makes visible young people, their poetry, and their lives.

For the 2015 year both Team and Future Corps applications are closed.


BNV Mixtape (Open)
Team Applications (Closed)
Future Corps (Closed)

BNV 2015 Public Events

BNV Opening Ceremonies

Wednesday, July 16 – 6:00pm-9:00pm
Glenn Memorial Church // Emory University
Brave New Voices 2015 kicks off with an opening invocation and set of performances featuring many of the most talented and inspiring young artists in Atlanta. This presentation will ignite the activist spirit and inspire participants to engage in voice and power.

BNV Writing & Performance Workshops

Thursday, July 16th – 1:00pm – 5pm
Classrooms // Emory University
Artistic writing and performance workshops led by the leading spoken word artists, teaching artists, and educators in the Bay Area and Brave New Voices Network. All BNV participants will attend two workshops, providing you with intensive opportunities to improve your art alongside other youth from around the world.

Queeriosity: A Queer / Questioning Open Mic

Thursday, July 16th – 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Emerson Concert Hall // Emory University
We are investing in a conversation where those who stand to lose the most are not policed and asked to tone down their intelligence or fervor. We want allies—yes, but allies that are challenged, transformed, and engaged. We want safe spaces—yes. We want ones where we—all of us—can be fully ourselves.

Life is Living

Saturday, July 18 – 12pm– 3:00pm
Truly Living Gardens // 75 Hilliard St NE
This Brave New Voices Service Learning event will feature gardening, permaculture, food justice, free breakfast, storytelling, live performances and community activism. Featured programming includes urban gardening, the MC Olympic Finals, and food. Featured Presenters include host Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Dead Prez and other special guests.

The International Youth Poetry Slam
Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam

Friday July 17th – 9:30am – 5:00pm
Castleberry Historic District
This is the premiere youth poetry slam event in the world. 60 teams from around the world will compete in a four round competition designed to get folks to listen to stories, and celebrate the word. The slam is a device to get folks to listen and be transformed. Though we do judge and keep score, the point is the poetry not the points.

BNV Quarter Final Round

Round 1 – 9:30 – 11:30am
Round 2 – 12:30 – 2:30pm
Round 3 – 3:00 – 5:00pm

BNV Semi Final Round

The Center for Civil and Human Rights // Ferst Center, Georgia Institute of Technology
Bouts – 8:00pm – 10:00pm


Saturday July 18th – 8pm
The Woodruff Symphony Hall
This is a Free Event Hosted By TBD | Emceed By TBD
The top 4 competing teams at BNV take center stage to compete for the bragging rights of being the 2015 International Youth Poetry Slam Champions. After a week of slams and ciphers the Finals take place at the Woodruff Symphony Hall. The event will be simulcast in an adjoining theater.

Watch BNV 2014

Brave New Voices 2014 features over 500 Teen Poetry Slam Champions from 50 parts of the country and 5 additional cities from across the globe, representing over 50,000 young poets in their local communities. These young writers are a diverse, creative, intelligent group of trendsetting community and cultural leaders. They come to Brave New Voices each year not only to compete, but also to attend world-class workshops led by renowned poets and writers, participate in youth development programs, and highlight the voices of a new generation of leadership.

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