In April of 2005, a generation of young artists, educators, poets, and mentors will converge on San Francisco to participate in the spectacular, internationally renowned National Youth Poetry Slam Festival. Brave New Voices gathers, educates and showcases talented, dedicated and courageous young writers from across the country.
Now in its 8th year, Brave New Voices creates a forum and community among an ever-growing number of youth who are returning to literature and reinvesting in education through the power of the spoken word.
Building bridges across radically diverse ethnic, racial and socio-economic lines, The National Youth Poetry Slam Festival is for a generation of young people speaking for themselves; a generation documenting their days in journals, reciting struggles and successes on open microphones, teenagers transcending traditional stereotypes by speaking their truths and listening to the truths ofothers.
Brave New Voices includes youth open mics, an adult reading that features professional poets and performers, (inter)-national community building and networking, panel discussions, workshops lead by professional writers and educators, and The National Youth Poetry Slam. A Poetry Slam is an Olympic-style poetry competition where poets compete on teams in rounds with scores awarded by five judges. The National Youth Poetry Slam Festival uses The Poetry Slam as a tool to bring together the top young poets from around the country to share their work with their peers and a larger audience. Run like an athletic tournament there are team “try-outs,” strategies implemented during the Slam and an adult "coach" who mentors the young writers.
- Over 500 teenage poets from across the globe.
- 5,000 festival-goers, including an audience of 3,200 at the Masonic Auditorium for the Grand Slam Finals on Saturday, April 23! Tickets: $5 youth under 20, $15 general at http://www.nobhilltickets.com
. With Special Guest Danny Hoch & Emcee Marc Bamuthi Joseph.
- Free programs for students and teachers throughout the festival.
- Bring the Noise Concert at the Regency Grand Theater on Friday, April 22 featuring dead prez, Saul Williams, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Suheir Hammad, Aya de Leon, Ishle Yi Park, Beau Sia, Jeff Chang, O-Maya & more.
- Hundreds of Bay Area students will participate through school field trips.
Brave New Voices 2005 April 20-24, 2005 in San Francisco
The 8th Annual International Youth Poetry Slam Festival
About the SLAM: A Poetry Slam is an Olympic-style poetry competition, with poetry performances judged by a panel of peers and literary enthusiasts, who make their decisions based on both the quality of the writing and the strength of the performance. Prior to the festival, local schools, nonprofit organizations, community groups and theaters hold Teen Poetry Slam qualifiers as part of the national Youth Speaks Brave New Voices network. From these local events, 4-6 teenagers are selected to represent their city or town at Brave New Voices. Although the slam is a competitive event, competition is de-emphasized and commitment to craft and growth in the writer as person and community member are encouraged.
Grand Slam Finals, International Youth Poetry Slam
Saturday April 23rd at Masonic Auditorium 7:30 pm
$15 general admission, $5 youth under 20 http://www.masonicauditorium.com
Special Guest Artist Danny Hoch and Emcee Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Top 5 Teams face off in a 4-round Final Bout at this 3,200-seat venue!
Bring the Noise Concert featuring dead prez, Saul Williams, O-Maya, and Def Poetry Stars
Friday April 22nd at the Regency Grand Theater 8 pm (1290 Sutter @ Van Ness)
$25 all ages general admission http://www.brownpapertickets.com
or at the Youth Speaks office - Featuring dead prez, Saul Williams, O-Maya, Suheir Hammad, Beau Sia, Paul Flores, Ishle Yi Park, Dennis Kim, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Aya de Leon, and more.
Free Workshops for Bay Area Youth
Thursday April 21st & Friday April 22nd, Brave New Voices will host free workshops each day from 4-6 pm throughout different venues in the Mission. These workshops will be facilitated by leading spoken word artists and poets from across the country. For complete workshop schedule, check http://www.youthspeaks.org
Professional Development for Teachers
On Thursday, April 21st, at 5 pm, Youth Speaks will host Professional Development Training for Bay Area teachers focusing on bringing spoken word and poetry workshops and residencies to local high schools. ODC Theater (17th & Shotwell). Cost is $50. Teachers receive source materials created by Youth Speaks. More information at http://www.youthspeaks.org
500 young poets will participate in this year’s festival held in San Francisco: 20 local teens representing 4 teams from throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area (including San Jose), will join young poets from: Los Angeles, London, England, Washington D.C., New York City, Albuquerque, Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans, Memphis, North Carolina, Chicago, Chico, Cincinnati, Ann Arbor, Madison, Santa Fe, Navajo Nation, Detroit, Austin, Ypsilanti, MI, El Centro, Boston, Connecticut, Providence, Taos, Miami, Denver, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Honolulu, and more.
Brave New Voices is made possible through the support of the Ford Foundation, the SF Arts Commission, The Rush Philanthropic Foundation, The Ludacris Foundation, and The National Hip Hop Summit.
HOSTS FOR BRAVE NEW VOICES 2005, SAN FRANCISCO
The event is hosted and organized by Youth Speaks, the leading nonprofit presenter of Spoken Word performance, education, and youth development programs in the country. Hosts of the annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam, the Bringing the Noise Reading Series, Spoken City, the Living Word Festival, the Hip Hop Theater Festival, Second Sundays and more, Youth Speaks also conducts a comprehensive slate of literary arts education programs during the school day and the after-school hours, as well as publication and youth development programs. All told, Youth Speaks works with 45,000 teens per year in the Bay Area alone, and has partnered with programs nationwide to build the Brave New Voices Network. Founded in San Francisco in 1996, Youth Speaks has since opened chapters in New York City, Seattle, Madison, Honolulu, as well as a number of other programs across the country.
Wednesday, April 20
7 pm - midnight
Welcome Celebration! Spoken Word and Dance Party. Hosted by Youth Speaks’ Jason Mateo
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum (701 Mission Street). FREE
Local authors, Dave Eggers, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Youth Speaks Executive Director James Kass welcome the groups from around the country as they present introductory poems to say hello.
Thursday, April 21
11 am – 3:30 pm Slam Semi-Finals Day One – Locations throughout the Mission District
4-5 complete rounds of bout competitions during the day on Thursday.
The following locations will serve to host the bouts:
• Intersection for the Arts – 446 Valencia St. • Southern Exposure Gallery – 401 Alabama St.
• Traveling Jewish Theater – 470 Florida St. • ODC Theater – 3153 17th St.
• Theater Artaud – 450 Florida St. • CellSpace – 2050 Bryant St.
4 pm – 6 pm Workshops for Bay Area Youth (Mission District Locations Listed Above)
Thursday’s and Friday’s workshops will be facilitated by some of the best-known spoken word artists in the land. Coming to spend the weekend with us are internationally known poets featured on Def Poetry Jam, including Beau Sia, Suheir Hammad, Saul Williams, Dennis Kim, Ishle Yi Park, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and Aya de Leon.
5 pm – 7 pm Professional Development for Teachers – ODC Theater (3153 17th St., SF). Cost: $50
Thursday’s workshops (one hour each) will be facilitated by local Youth Speaks mentors and mentors from across the country.
8 pm Coaches / Mentor Reading – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum (701 Mission St.) FREE
Poets and spoken word artists from across the country invited to read. Emceed by local luminary Paul S. Flores. Open mic will follow.
Friday, April 22
11 am – 3:30 pm Slam Semi-Finals Day Two – Mission District Locations Listed Above
4-5 complete rounds of bout competitions during the day on Friday.
4 pm – 6pm Workshops for Bay Area Youth - (Mission District Locations Listed Above)
5 pm – 7pm Professional Development for Teachers – ODC Theater (3153 17th St., SF). Cost: $50
8pm Bring the Noise (doors at 7:30)
The Regency Grand Theater (Corner of Van Ness & Sutter, San Francisco)
$25 all ages – open to the public. Advance Tix: http://www.ticketweb.com
Featuring dead prez, Saul Williams, O-Maya, and Def Poetry Jam veterans Beau Sia, Suheir Hammad, Dennis Kim, Ishle Yi Park, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Danny Hoch, Aya de Leon, and Paul S. Flores, along with Youth Movement Records, the Suicide Kings, as well as other spoken word and poetry stars. Features special musical guests from the Bay Area O-Maya, and one of the hottest hip hop acts nationwide, dead prez, as well as poet and literary lion Saul Williams.
Saturday, April 23
12 pm – 2 pm Workshop/Talkback w/ Danny Hoch and Jeff Chang
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum (701 Mission St.) - FREE
Danny Hoch will put on a hip hop theater performance, talk about the process of developing work, and participate in a Q&A, facilitated by James Kass, Aya de Leon, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Jeff Chang will discuss his latest book Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.
7:30 pm 8th Annual Grand Slam Finals, the National Youth Poetry Slam
The Masonic Auditorium
$5 youth under 20, $15 general admission Advance Tix: http://www.nobhilltickets.com
Emceed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Guest Performance by Danny Hoch.
The Top 4 scoring teams share the stage that night, along with special performances by the next 4 teams, highlighting some of the incredible work being created nationwide.