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Teens With A Purpose - 2018 Slam Fest

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Teens With a Purpose is pleased to enter its tenth year of collaboration with Youth Speaks Inc. and Brave New Voices, as seen on HBO, as we present to Southeastern Virginia the 2018 Hampton Roads Youth Poetry Competition Season and Festival.

The Festival, now in its 10th year, has become a much anticipated experience, a festival of competitive performance poetry that blends written tradition with lyricism, positive music and stage acumen in a way that profoundly affects and entertains youth and audiences of all kinds. Here young poets fearlessly tell their stories, in their own words to be shared with their generation and the community at-large. They meet students from different cities and with different background who come together to share their mutual love for the art form - spoken word POETRY.

Each year teens come together in this Olympic style competition. The six finalists qualify to represent all of Hampton Roads at Brave New Voices, the world’s largest youth poetry festival and event. BNV brings together youth poets from 50 states and countries like South Africa, New Zealand, Ireland and England. The competition take place this year in Houston, July 18th - 22nd.

2018 Hampton Roads Youth Poetry Competition Season & Festival Events:

  • Hear This! Regional Youth Poetry Festival with Workshop - Sat. March 31st 3pm to 7pm at I.C Norcom H.S. 
  • Slover Library, Norfolk, - Wed. April 4th 6pm to 8pm Youth Poet Laureate
  •  Zeiders American Dream Theatre, Virginia Beach - Fri. April 13th 6pm to 9pm Middle School Event
  • Chrysler Museum, Norfolk – Sat. April, 21st 12pm to 4pm Qualifying Slam
  • Downing-Gross Cultural Art Center, Newport News - Sat. April 28th, 4pm to 7pm Finals