New Zealand's ONLY regular online poetry slam!
Note: This is a caring community and we have vigilant moderators at Your Place Events - so anyone being intentionally disrespectful or offensive will be removed, banned and reported immediately.
For those that don’t know: poetry slams are live poetry competitions! AnD they are super engaging and awesome!
Now before you go, “ooooh but you can’t judge art!”… I agree – it is very difficult to give objective rules with which to hierarchically place one “art” above another “art” but subjectively we do it all the time (not that, that makes us right, mind) through submissions, grant applications, whether you buy something or not, and of course, just actual competitions… we are constantly judging art – again, not that, that makes our opinions right – all we do here is make it a bit more exciting, interactive and fun! PLUS we get to hear a whole load of fabulous poetry at the same time!
Normally, at slams in physical venues, five judges are selected randomly from the audience and they give scores out of ten for each poet’s performance. But as this is online - we are going to do it a bit differently – everyone will be a judge!
Now don’t panic, it’ll be completely anonymous and you don’t HAVE to! But this is the part where you should remember: it is, first and foremost, for the pure joy of sharing poetry and, as we already mentioned: everyone involved understands that this isn’t a scientific process – sometimes the poetry gods will disagree with our decisions but we are just mere, feeble humans trying to have a good time. So relax and join in.
The “winning” poet will take home $50 prize money but, to be honest, all the poets are winners for being so gosh darn talented….
Actually, the real winner is the audience for seeing so much amazing poetry… but I can’t afford to pay everyone in the audience…
Actually, actually – on that note: as with all Your Place Events – entry is "pay-what-you-can-afford" because finances should not be a barrier to accessing art however – I, like many other artists right now have lost all of my planned work (I am also not eligible for the government subsidy) and find my financial situation rather precarious, so if you can afford it, DO - it is not only super appreciated but absolutely necessary.
Payment is easy and can be done in seconds via PayPal. See the Facebook event page for more info.
If you really can’t afford anything, then there are plenty of non-financial ways to support - sharing the event, telling a friend, liking and writing a recommendation on the Your Place Events page. If you can afford to donate then please do; you will be covering someone who can’t afford to and enabling Your Place Events to keep putting on shows like this.