BNV Festival Atlanta 2015

The best youth poets from around the world take center stage at the 18th annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival for a week of workshops, performances, and inspiration from July 15 – 18, 2015. This year, we head to the Cultural Mecca of the South – Atlanta, Georgia. Powered by Youth Speaks, the festival invites young people to take part in as many as 20 workshops and 50 events in just a few days. As featured on HBO and multiple media outlets, Brave New Voices gives a platform for young people and their poetry.

Brave New Voices Schedule of Events

The Brave New Voices Festival features 600 of the most outspoken and talented young artists from around the country, engaging in spoken word poetry, storytelling, community engagement. This four day experience is open for participation for youth organizations, camps and schools throughout Atlanta. Most events and activities are FREE for the youth of Atlanta.

BNV Opening Ceremonies

Wednesday, July 15 - 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.

This event is FREE but registration is necessary.
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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.

This event is FREE to Youth Groups.
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Queeriosity: Open Mic

Thursday, July 16th – 8:00pm – 10:00pm
White Hall // Emory University
Hosted by Queen Sheba and DJ Kno Dat, Feature by Jasmine Mans.
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.

This event is FREE but registration is necessary.
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The International Youth Poetry Slam

Friday July 17th - 9:00am - 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

Beshsarat Gallery UPSTAIRS, Beshsarat Gallery, Besharat Contemporary, Besharat Abstract, COZE, CLOUD IX, UNDERGROUND, Calvin Lockwood Studio
Round 1 - 9:00 - 11:00am
Round 2 - 1:00 - 3:00pm
Round 3 - 3:00 - 5:00pm

This event is FREE but registration is necessary.
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BNV Semi Final Round

The Fox Theatre // Egyptian Ballroom, The Grand Salon
Bouts - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Georgia Tech University // Ferst Center for the Arts and The Arch Theater
Bouts - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

This event is FREE but registration is necessary.
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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, storytelling, live performances and community activism. Featured programming includes urban gardening, community clean up, and food. Featured Presenters include host Chinaka Hodge, Mick Jenkins and other special guests.

This event is FREE to the public. Registration is not necessary.


Saturday July 18th - 8pm
The Woodruff Symphony Hall
Hosted by Carvens Lissaint, Emceed by Hollis Wong-Wear
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.

$5 Youth, $15 Adults, $25 VIP*. Please purchase tickets.

Purchase Tickets

*Included in this purchase is premiere seating in the Loge, plus a VIP Reception (6:00-7:30p) hosted by Youth Speaks. If you have questions about the VIP Reception and Seating, please email Maritsa Cholmondeley Please note the VIP Event will start prior to the 8pm start time of the Grand Slam Finals.

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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