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The Rumble Youth Slam


After a month of workshops and heats across Western Sydney, The Rumble climaxed at the Riverside Theatre. Young poets spat with eloquence and wit as they represented their communities in an all out battle of spoken-word, poetry and hip hop.

Feature artists: Australian Poetry Slam Champion, Jesse Brand and NSW Slam Finalist Ahmad Al Rady & hosted by Miles Merrill.

Congratulations to all who participated! Audience and organiser feedback suggests that this was the best Rumble yet, with all contenders displaying an exceptional level of talent and conviction. The insightful Jay May took out the grand prize that sent her down as a feature performer at the ANU Voice Slam in Canberra.

The Rumble is Word Travels’  program aimed at activating the power of spoken word for young people.

In late 2013, we hosted workshops and development opportunities in Blacktown, Parramatta and Birrong. Students were also given opportunities to perform in professional events at the Word Travels Festival and the Sydney Opera House.

This year we have been working directly with dedicated young people in Western Sydney and regional areas as part of a targeted mentoring program. Our mentees Jamal & Mohamed have already wowed audiences at the Harmony Day Multilingual Slam.

The Rumble workshops and mentoring are also a great way to engage young people in literacy and confidence building in English classes, drama and youth services. We have delivered a range of exciting programs from remote Australia to the Sydney CBD. Get in touch to discuss the possibilities.