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The Semifinals of the 2017 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam

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Friday, July 21, 2017 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

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Laney College Theater 900 Fallon St, Oakland, CA 94607 132 Tickets Jul 20, 2017 Free  
Oakland Museum, James Moore Theater 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland 120 Tickets Jul 20, 2017 Free  
Impact Hub Oakland Broadway Room 2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 134 Tickets Jul 20, 2017 Free  
The New Parkway 474 24th St, Oakland, 94612 57 Tickets Jul 20, 2017 Free  

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The Semifinals of the 20th Annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam will take place in various venues in Oakland.   

Oakland (Various locations)

8:00pm - Semifinals




Brave New Voices (BNV) was created by Youth Speaks, Inc in 1998 after the inaugural Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam in San Francisco—the first poetry slam dedicated to youth in the nation’s history. Since that time, Brave New Voices has grown to represent youth from all across the United States and Europe, making it the largest ongoing spoken word event in the world. Brave New Voices brings together young artists, outspoken activists, educators, poets, and emerging leaders to the San Francisco Bay Area to participate in a celebration and demonstration of free speech, artistic empowerment, and youth voice. We will gather, commune together, speak to and with each other, learn about and from one another – we will speak a new world into being, and we will all be witnesses. This festival will create forums for dialogue, provide workshops for open and free expression, and facilitate conversations formally and informally that foster artistic and personal growth. BNV pulls together young people from throughout the United States and several international countries who celebrating literature and empower themselves through the written and spoken word. Brave New Voices reflects diversity as a value, crossing and challenging notions of ethnic, racial, and socio-economic division. Brave New Voices is for a generation of young people who reflect a new ethic of mutual respect, cross-cultural communication, sincere expression, social justice and radical love. Brave New Voices is for youth who speak for themselves. Brave New Voices focuses primarily on the power of young peoples’ voices both on and off the stage. However, each year we develop a sub-theme that runs throughout the festival, and that has emerged from the writings of the poets. We will hear on a National scale, conversations about the future of the country and the world. Brave New Voices is a chance for the next generation to speak about issues of education, detention, immigration, arts, politics and the environments in which we live.

Last year there were 750 participants from over 50 international communities. Participating cities included: San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, London, Miami, Washington DC, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle, New Orleans, Detroit, Houston, Oakland, Santa Fe, Portland, Denver, St. Louis, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Hawaii, Hartford, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Phoenix, Nashville, St. Louis, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Madison, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Baton Rouge, Chapel Hill, Milwaukee, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Plymouth, Kalamazoo, Indianapolis, Ft. Lauderdale, Burlington, Newark, Watts, Fontana, Mendocino, Austin, Anchorage, Taos, Chico, Navajo Nation, Hopi Nation, Pueblo Nation, Chimayo, San Jose, Jersey City, Baltimore, Savannah, Mexicali, Louisville, Amherst, Las Vegas, Eugene Canandaigua, Worcester, Leeds (UK), Mostar (Bosnia).

Please note that some events at Brave New Voices will be filmed. By claiming a ticket and attending these events you are allowing us permission to film you.

Disclaimer: Seating is limited at all venues. It's first come first serve. If this show is sold out, there are 3 other performances running concurrently at venues within walking distance. For any questions, please contact our Outreach Coordinator, JT Teodoro at PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE VENUE.


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Oakland – Various Locations
Uptown and Lake Merritt
Oakland, CA

Friday, July 21, 2017 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

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