We’re quite excited to announce the launch of Brave New Voices Africa, an expansion of the most exciting youth slam that has gripped the United States for the last 20 years.
Founded by Youth Speaks, one of our partners for the Next Generation Speaks international youth project, 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.”
Our two organisations are now working together to bring this dynamic programme to South Africa and the rest of the continent.
In July, Word N Sound will be travelling to San Francisco for this year’s Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. We’ll be taking 3 young poets along to participate in the workshops, civic participation events and perform as an official part of the Festival programme.
We hosted a Secret Slam to help us mke the tough decision. Watch the entire show on our Facebook page.
— Word N Sound (@WordNSound) April 30, 2017
‘This is so exciting,” says Word N Sound MD Qhakaza Mthembu, “we’ve seen what Brave New Voices has done for the poetry scene in the US, we’re looking forward to it doing the same here. We also can’t wait to have South African poets challenging their international counterparts to quite a duel.”
Keep an eye out for more information on all our social media platforms.