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. Team applications are now closed. Future Corps applications are closed.

Brave New Voices 2015
The Fire This Time
Atlanta, GA
July 15th-19th


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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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The BNV Network is designed to create a space for like-minded organizations to share best practices, develop relationships with other organizations and educators, and to create opportunities for the Network to apply for grants, join webinars and receive subsidies to BNV and to professional development convenings. We look forward to getting to know you and your work. Welcome!

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Calling all MC’s and Producers!

Brave New Voices is celebrating Emcees in our network by compiling the First Annual BNV Mixtape! Inspired by the Annual MC Olympics we want to highlight the talents and values of rappers and producers from Johannesburg to Honolulu. The BNV Mixtape will be a curated track list that will include Special Guest MC, a DJ from out Network and tracks submitted by young people.

These mixtapes will be released FREE to the public in hope the songs strengthen our conversations and relationships around the nation around the issues that are most important to young people. Limited space is available per mix tape, so send us the work you are most proud of! We don’t censor youth voice but highly discourage racist, homophobic and sexist language. Let the turn up begin!

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