Australian Poetry Slam

The Australian Poetry Slam is a national competition for spoken word artists. Anyone can enter. In 2017, 50 heats will be held in towns, cities and suburbs hold slam heats, in state and territory of Australia. Cafe's, libraries, festivals, community halls, pubs and clubs host these events. Audiences award scores to each poet. The favourite poet from each heat is eligible to compete at a regional or state poetry slam final. The best from each state and territory travel to Sydney, to perform for a packed out audience at the National Final. The national slam champion wins prizes and professional gigs.

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Sydney Poetry Slam Final

  • BAY 43 10 Circular Quay West The Rocks, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)

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Join us for a huge celebration of the slam scene in Sydney with poets from Newtown to Double Bay, Rockdale to Surry Hills.

Judged by randomly chosen members of the crowd, this is a night of wild words where you can click your favourite poet to victory and boo the judges if they give the wrong score.


VENUE NOTE: Access to the venue, BAY 43 is outside the Overseas Passenger Terminal on Circular Quay West. Please look for the Story-Fest '18 signage to further direct you towards BAY 43.

Earlier Event: October 11
Western Sydney Poetry Slam Final
Later Event: October 20
NSW Poetry Slam Final
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Australian Poetry Slam is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, as well as Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.