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Enrolments Open for Toi Ora’s Express Yourself Creative Youth Wellbeing Projects

It’s almost term 4 and recruitment time again for Toi Ora’s Express Yourself Creative Youth Wellbeing projects.

WHAT: An inspirational mix of spoken word, visual arts and music

FOR: 14-16 year olds

VENUE: Glen Innes Family Centre, 122 Elstree Ave, Glen Innes.

WHEN: Thursdays 24 Oct – 18 Dec (9 weeks)

TIME: 3.30- 6pm (3.30 chat and catch up, workshop starts 4pm)

Don’t know Express Yourself yet? Express Yourself is a FREE multi-media arts experience for young people facing challenges in their lives. This exciting and innovative project helps participants to develop new interests and skills, grow in confidence and motivation, strengthen relationships and connections with peers and community, and … well express themself!

Check it out on youtube 

Please take time to pass on this valuable opportunity to colleagues/ services/ young people who would benefit. Fliers, enrolment forms and information sheets are attached.

Transport is not provided so please ensure that registered participants have the necessary support to attend projects.

NB. Toi Ora also has projects in Mt Roskill (age 14-16) and Grey Lynn (17-24).

For further enquires please contact

Amber Walls
Express Yourself Programme Manager
Toi Ora Live Art Trust
6 Putiki St. Grey Lynn. Auckland.
Ph. 3604171 0220 709186

Rising Voices Poetry Slam | Auckland | 14 Sep 2013

Don’t miss this one night only showcase of the raw and passionate voice of the youth of Aotearoa.

Now in its third year Rising Voices Poetry Slam is returning for one explosive night of Poetry in Aotearoa’s only youth poetry slam.

  • 7 pm, 14 September 2013
  • Auckland Town Hall


Twelve spoken word poets will bring their words to the fore, influenced by their diverse backgrounds, upbringings, and cultures as they fight for the title of 2013 Rising Voices Poetry Slam Champion.

With no music or props allowed, they are armed with just their original poems and voices, in this winner-takes-all poetry battle.

Slam is more than just a competition; it’s a global, social, literary movement”. Marc Kelly Smith – Poetry Slam Founder.

Running Time
The show duration is three hours including interval.

Ticket Information
$20.00 Full
$15.00 Child
$17.00 Groups 6+
$17.00 Concession (Seniors/Students with ID)
*Service fees apply

Ticketmaster is the exclusive ticket seller for this event. Buy tickets online here, by calling (09) 970 9700 / 0800 111 999 or visiting the Aotea Centre Box Office.



Inside Out Open Mic Night 13 Feb 2013

Inside Out  spoken word open mic

  • Next event 7.00pm Wed 13 February
  • One2One Cafe, 121 Ponsonby Rd

Guest: Linn Lorkin

All spoken word welcome – fiction,rap,anecdotes,poetry,stories,non-fiction.

Everyone welcome to five minutes at the mic, or come as audience.

Come at 6.30pm/7.00pm to secure an early spot.

For more info:  anitaarlov@hotmail.co.nz

This month’s theme is….love….being St Valentine’s Day Eve


South Auckland Poets Collective Fundraising Event 23 May 2012

  • WHATSAPC’s final fundraising event before flying over to San Francisco for the Brave New Voices Poetry Conference (One of the, if not, the biggest poetry slam in the world)
  • WHEN: Wednesday 23rd May 2012, 7:30 – 9:30
  • WHERE: The Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane, Auckland

Tickets only $20 which includes a glass of wine or juice.

Members of the South Auckland Poets Collective will showcase their experiences, thoughts and feelings about life through their brand of spoken word poetry.

All proceeds from ticket sales go towards their
performance at The Brave New Voices Conference, July 2012 in San
Francisco, USA.

The cafe will be open for sale of coffee, ice creams and sweet slices.

More information on the Facebook event page.

For bookings go to the website
Ph 09 524 0025 The Parenting Place

Help them turn their DREAM into a REALITY.

Spoken Word Workshop in Hamilton

Hamilton’s FIRST ever Spoken Word poetry workshop run by Storm Cloud.

  • DATE: 29 October
  • TIME: 12 – 2:00 pm
  • LOCATION: The clearing to the left of the water tower on Ruakiwi road.

Storm Cloud is keen to spread the experience and wisdom he gained from his 2 months in Auckland gig-ing with the RISING VOICES poetry crew. There he was blessed to be able to work with 2 winners of Poetry Idol, the founder of poetry idol, many published award winning authors of poetry, South Auckland Poets Collective members, the Poetry LIVE circuit and many more amazing poets and emcees from Rising Voices!

This workshop is mainly to provide:
-Developing skills in the basics of flow
-Performance skills
-Confidence on a stage
-Tapping into a source of emotion for writing
-A get together for poets and emcees to meet other like minded people!

“Spoken Word” is a style of poetry best described as:

  • Theatre + Poetry.
  • Ghetto Rap + Formal Speech.
  • Free form spoken art that flows to an unseen rhythm and beat.
  • Words spoken and performed in a way to engage an audience. Draw them into a world of intense detail, tension, and emotion so other people can see into your mind.

A spoken word poet can write about anything. Experiences, confessions, secrets, emotions, family, political views, relationships, the weather — ANYTHING at all- No restriction on content

More info on Facebook here!

If you have never seen any Spoken Word Poetry before:

Brave new voices – Change

Def Poetry Jam Sarah Kay – Hands

Def Poetry Jam – Gina loring – Youmove me