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Brave New Voices
International Youth Poetry Slam Festival

July 19 - 22, 2017 | Bay Area

At the intersection of dynamic artistic presentation and engaged civic participation, Brave New Voices presents platforms for young people to share their stories and speak their hopes and dreams about the contemporary realities of their everyday lives.

The 20th Annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival will convene young poets from around the world for 4 days of workshops, slams, showcases, community service, and civic participation events from July 19-22, 2017.

BNV Family, please join us where we started 20 years ago, in the San Francisco Bay Area, to join young artists from across the country and across the globe speak a new world into existence.

2017 Team applications are now open!


Please note that only groups can apply to participate in Brave New Voices. Only ONE application per team (individuals cannot apply). Here are the options to apply:

Competing Team: these teams will represent their cities and compete in the poetry slam
Non-competing Team: these teams are groups that want to attend BNV but not compete in the poetry slam. Please be sure to identify yourself as a non-competing team in your application.
Individuals: If you are an individual and would like to attend, you do not need to register. The public schedule will be released closer to the festival. Many events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Festival please view our FAQs.

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