Australian Poetry Slam Youth

Helen Latukefu , 2018 The Rumble Youth Slam Champion.

Helen Latukefu, 2018 The Rumble Youth Slam Champion.

Australian Poetry Slam Youth, formerly known as The Rumble Youth Slam, is the largest youth poetry slam in Sydney. Held annually by Word Travels, the program involves workshops and slams throughout Sydney, culminating in an explosive finale at Sydney Writers' Festival.

It works like this; young people aged 12 to 18 years are invited to perform at the Australian Poetry Slam Youth heats. Audience members vote for the top artists who will then go on to represent their suburb at the Australian Poetry Slam Youth Sydney Final. Young artists who don't have a heat in their area are encouraged to sign up straight to the Final.

Bringing rap performances, stories, monologues and poems to the stage, each performer has just three minutes to wow the crowd. No props, no music – just the performer, a microphone and the spotlight. During the entire program, these young artists are mentored through the processes of writing and performing their own spoken word pieces.

Australian Poetry Slam Youth's aim is to provide an opportunity to empower young people to share their voice on a major stage.

2018's Rumble Youth Slam was held on May 5th with the Champion being Helen Latukefu.

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