Brave New Voices with Youth Speaks and Philadelphia Urban Creators

The 17th annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, dubbed Brave New Voices, is coming to Philadelphia this week. Read more about BNV on the web here.

The week of events, celebrating and challenging creative approaches to literary arts education and literacy development in young people, culminates this weekend with Hoodstock, presented in partnership with Philadelphia Urban Creators. This event will feature discussions and learning opportunities on gardening, permaculture, food justice, free breakfast, storytelling, live performances and community activism.  Featured programming includes urban gardening, the MC Olympic Finals, and food grown by Philadelphia Urban Creators.  Featured Presenters include host Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Astronauts Really Fly, among others.

Hoodstock is a celebration of life, and living in an urban garden in North Philadelphia.

Saturday JULY 19 | 12-5PM | FREE
at Philadelphia Urban Creators (2317 N 11th Street)

Click here to read more about Philadelphia Urban Creators in this month’s issue of Grid Magazine.

Brave New Voices Schedule of Events

Scroll down for a full list of the festival’s week-long event schedule, and reserve your tickets to the events here.

BNV Opening Ceremonies
 Wednesday, July 16 6PM - 8PM
 Annenberg Courtyard and Zellerbach Theater / University of Pennsylvania

Brave New Voices 2014 kicks off with an opening invocation and set of performances featuring many talented and inspiring young artists in Philadelphia.  This presentation will also honor the passing of iconic writers and activists Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka and Yuri Kochiyama.

BNV Writing & Performance Workshops
 Thursday, July 17th 1PM - 5PM 
TU Student Center and Ritter Hall // Temple University

Artistic writing and performance workshops led by leading spoken word artists, teaching artists, and educators in Philadelphia and Brave New Voices Network. All BNV participants will attend two workshops, providing you with intensive opportunities to write alongside other youth from around the world.

Please see the workshop page for details.

Queeriosity: A Queer / Questioning Open Mic 
Thursday, July 17th 7PM - 8:30PM 
Zellerbach Theater // University of Pennsylvania

We are investing in a conversation where those who stand to lose the most are not policed and asked to tone down their intelligence or fervor. We want allies—yes, but allies that are challenged, transformed, and engaged. We want safe spaces—yes. We want ones where we—all of us—can be fully ourselves.

HOOD STOCK ft. Brave New Voices and Life is Living
 *Same day as Grand Slam Finals.
Saturday, July 19  8AM - 3PM 
Philly Urban Creators Garden / North Philadelphia

This Brave New Voices Service Learning event will feature gardening, permaculture, food justice, free breakfast, storytelling, live performances and community activism.  Featured programming includes urban gardening, the MC Olympic Finals, and food.  Featured Presenters include host Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Astronauts Really Fly, and other special guests.

The Brave New Voices Poetry Slam
: This year, 55 teams from around the world will participate in a multiple-round event designed to get folks to celebrate the power of the word.

BNV Quarter-Final Round (3 rounds, 22 bouts).

The Venues – all Quarter-Final Venues are open at same time.

Arden Theatre’s Arcadia Stage and Independence Foundation Studio | The Painted Bride | Fringe Arts | Asian Arts Initiative 1st and 2nd Floor| Underground Arts Theater and Cafe

IYPS Quarter Finals
 July 18 9AM-5PM (Lunch break 11:30a-12:30p)
 Downtown Philadelphia

IYPS Semi Finals
 July 18 8PM - 10PM 
National Constitution Ctr.

 Saturday July 19th,  7PM 
The Annenberg Center for Performing Arts
Zellerbach and Harold Prince Theaters

Hosted By Danez Smith | Emceed By Kai Davis

The top 4 BNV teams take center stage to compete for the bragging rights of being the 2014 International Youth Poetry Slam Champions. After a week of slams and ciphers the Finals take place at the Zellerbach Theater at the University of Pennsylvania. The event will be simulcast in an adjoining theater at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

About Youth Speaks


Youth Speaks was founded in 1996 in San Francisco. Since 1996, they have become the leading nonprofit presenter of Spoken Word performance, education, and youth development programs in the country. The organization is urgently driven by the belief that literacy is a need, not a want, and that literacy comes in various forms. Presenters of local and national youth poetry slams, festivals, reading series and more, Youth Speaks also offers a comprehensive slate of literary arts education programs during the school day, in the after-school hours, on weekends and evenings, while providing numerous opportunities for youth to be published and heard. All told, Youth Speaks works with 45,000 teens per year in the Bay Area alone, and has helped create partner programs in 47 cities across the United States.

Visit Youth Speaks on the web here.

About Philadelphia Urban Creators

The Philadelphia Urban Creators are a group of young people who are fostering healthy relationships with Philadelphia communities in order to develop our neighborhoods sustainably and equitably, FROM THE GROUND UP!

Through community organizing, service-learning, artistic expression, and urban agriculture, we seek to unite, as well as educate, energize, and empower Philadelphia youth, ex-offenders, and communities with the skills, resources, networks, and analysis to become passionate leaders in the movement to transform blighted urban landscapes into models of community-based, social and environmental sustainability.

With enough support, determination, and momentum we hope to soon provide our communities with Jobs, Fresh Sustainable Produce, Social Justice, and equal opportunity no matter their race, gender, or sexual orientation.

Visit Philadelphia Urban Creators on the web here.


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