Finals • July 20 • 7pm • Artemus Hall Concert Hall


Brave New Voices Festival

International Youth Poetry Slam Festival

July 17-20, 2019 | Las Vegas, NV

The Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, powered by Youth Speaks, is the only festival of its kind. Every year, over 500 young poets, their mentors, and the nation’s leading artists and cultural workers convene in a different U.S. city for 4-5 days of arts education, artistic expression, and civic engagement.

For the first time ever, Youth Speaks will host the Brave New Voices Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada! We cannot wait to embark on this historic journey with you all bringing youth voice, poetry and story to the city of lights with the support of Zappos, the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, Writer's Block and Black Mountain Institute.

JULY 17 • 7PM


Performances by top spoken word artists from around the world.


JULY 19 • 9AM-1:30PM

Bout 2 & 3

All teams perform for their chance to move on to the next round.


JULY 19 • 7PM

4 Bouts

The top 16 teams perform for their chance to move on to finals stage.


JULY 20 • 7PM


The top 4 teams compete to be Brave New Voices Champions!


Adult and Youth Writing &
Performance Workshops

July 18, 2019 | 10AM - 3PM

Artistic writing and performance workshops facilitated by leading spoken word artists, teaching artists, and educators in the Brave New Voices Network.

BNV 2018

Ever experience Brave New Voices? If not, watch everything that went down last year. If you have been to a BNV, relive the magic and prepare for another eventful festival this year in Las Vegas!

The battle at the border has only intensified since we asked Brave New Voices poets last year what does it mean to express themselves without contraints. Hear what a world without borders and a society that values truth and love means to them.