Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival

July 19 - 22, 2017 | Bay Area
Grand Slam Finals | War Memorial Opera House


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.


Public Events

Grand Slam Finals
Saturday, July 22 | 7pm
$10 General Admission | $5 Youth (24 and Under) | $65 VIP
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave | San Francisco, CA


Semi Finals & Quarter Finals - FREE
Friday, July 21
11:30am - Quarter Finals | Round 1
3:00pm - Quarter Finals | Round 2
8:00pm - Semi Finals

Queeriosity: Just As We Are
Thursday, July 20th – 7pm | FREE
San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, Herbst Theater
401 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA

Queeriosity showcases the talent of global LGBTQ youth, reshaping conversations about sexuality, identity, and community.

Youth ONLY Public Events

BNV Town Halls
Young poets lead conversations on immigration, education and more.

Thursday, July 20th | 10:30am-12:00pm
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA

Youth Writing and Performance Workshops
Thursday, July 20th | 1pm – 4pm
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA

Artistic writing and performance workshops led by leading spoken word artists, teaching artists, and educators in the Brave New Voices Network. Free to attend for all local SF Bay Area youth.

Educators and Community Based Organizations Only
Free training for educators and youth workers -- gain tools and insights on how to facilitate spaces for young people to find their voice and build community through artistic engagement.

Team Chants

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