SLAMbassadors UK 2014 IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES!!!

SLAMbassadors UK is now officially OPEN to accepting new entries for the 2014 national youth slam championships!

This is your opportunity to take your career one step further on. Not only will you get the chance to perform at a Regional Showcase, but you will also have the opportunity of your film being watched by a panel of judges who may select you to represent the UK, and perform alongside at the Royal Festival Hall. Megan Beech, a winner from 2012, recently said this about the project in an interview with The Huffington Post.

Tower Hamlets

We will begin talent scouting across Tower Hamlets – a borough of London that has brought us emcees like NAGA – who has recently returned from touring with Asian Dub Foundation, and is now a Poet Coach – and spoken word artists like Samilah Naira, one of the 6 UK winners last year. We will be leading free workshops in collaboration with the Tower Hamlets Library Service in 9 secondary schools.

With an increase in funding we now have space for another 2 schools. If you are interested in hosting the 2-day workshops please email me at jtaylor@poetrysociety.org.uk. All workshops will take place between May and the end of June.

We have been working closely with the borough since the inception of SLAMbassadors in 2001, and have unearthed some breath taking talent in that time. Long may it continue. For 2014 we will be holding the Regional Showcase on July 3 in the fabulous Wilton’s Music Hall.

Camden, Brent and Ealing

We will also be beginning a 3-year series of free workshops across the boroughs of Camden, Ealing and Brent – working in secondary schools, colleges, youth centre and community groups. This year we have made a special focus of the project the uncovering and telling of stories from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. Traveller are among the most prejudiced against minorities across the Europe, and racism against them leads to children dropping out of schools, which leads to low literacy levels, which leads to non-access to the Welfare State and subsequent long term health issues. The average life expectancy of a non-Traveller (a Settler) in the UK is 80.5 years. The life expectancy of a Traveller is more in the region of 50. This is obviously unacceptable, and racism and the consequences of that prejudice is something that SLAMbassadors is dedicated to re-addressing. The only way we know how to alter the experiences of Travellers is to allow them the space to speak, and to share their truths.

We will also be beginning a 3-year series of free workshops across the boroughs of Camden, Ealing and Brent – working in secondary schools, colleges, youth centres and community groups. This year we have made a special focus of the project the uncovering and telling of stories from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. Traveller are among the most prejudiced against minorities across the Europe, and racism against them leads to children dropping out of schools, which leads to low literacy levels, which leads to non-access to the Welfare State and subsequent long term health issues. The average life expectancy of a non-Traveller (a Settler) in the UK is 80.5 years. The life expectancy of a Traveller is more in the region of 50. This is obviously unacceptable, and racism and the consequences of that prejudice is something that SLAMbassadors is dedicated to re-addressing. The only way we know how to alter the experiences of Travellers is to allow them the space to speak, and to share their truths.

 If you are from a Traveller organisation or a secondary school/ college in one of these 3 boroughs of Camden, Brent or Ealing and are interested in hosting a free 2-day spoken word workshop please contact jtaylor@poetrysociety.org.uk for more information.

Independent Entries

Some of our finest spoken word artists, poets and emcees have been discovered via independent entry. We actively encourage young people between the ages of 12-18 to forward us videos or MP4’s of their pieces on the theme of Identity (see notes) to jtaylor@poetrysociety.org.uk. For more information see How To Enter. 

Closing date October 10th, 2014.