This year we are having to do things a little differently due to the Covid pandemic. We will be hosting UniSlam 2021 partly online and partly in person. Our aim is to bring the UniSlam energy that everybody loves into an online setting by creating a space for new and returning slammers, coaches and alumni to meet, share work and develop their skills. Community is more important than ever at the moment and UniSlam 2021 will be a place to regroup and share space with new and familiar faces, whether online or in person.
If you're planning to enter a team, you need to register by Tuesday 26th January and send in your team video submissions by Tuesday 9th February. 8 teams will be selected by the judging panel based on these submissions to progress to the Semi Finals in person at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Saturday 20th March, with the highest scoring 4 teams going on to the Grand Finals that evening.
All live rounds will be livestreamed and we will be working under strict guidelines to ensure all in person events are Covid secure. Should another strict national lockdown be imposed we will move events online, however all teams who send in submissions should be doing so with the intention of coming to Birmingham on Saturday 20th March should they be selected for Semi Finals.
We are aware that not all teams have the same access to coaching. For this reason, we will be hosting two online coaching sessions open to any prospective team in January. The first will also include an introduction to UniSlam for any faculty members or students who are thinking of sending a team for the first time. We will also be hosting a series of online masterclasses open to registered teams only in the run up to the festival.
We have created platforms for young people and emerging artists to share their stories on a national scale, providing training and development opportunities for writers to grow their skills, confidence and careers. Find out more about our Programmes below.
The UK’s largest team poetry slam tournament, providing workshops, talks and fringe events to the next generation of British poetry talent.
Supporting 11-19 year olds who face barriers in accessing education and literature.
Uplifting the voices of 16-25 year olds, developing their skills and celebrating their work.
The first ever SLAMbassadors weekend for writers aged 14-19 years in the Midlands.
Career development programme for poets who have left the ‘emerging artist’ stage and the associated 16-25 years age bracket.
Career development opportunities for our network of UniSlam alumni.
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