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European Championship & Gathering of Poetry Slam 2018

European Poetry Slam Championship 2018

Hungary is proud to host the European Poetry Slam Championship 2018, extended into a week-long international performance poetry festival!

The main organizer, Slam Poetry Hungary Association welcomes more than 20 national poetry slam champions from all around Europe to a series of events between November 27 and December 1.

The Guest of Honor is none other than the founding father of the genre, Marc Kelly Smith from Chicago and a small spoken word team led by him, the Chicago’s Speak Easy Ensemble 2018. They will work together in a 3-day workshop series with poets coming from the Visegrad4 countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary), along with young slam poets representing Serbia, Macedonia, the Ukraine and France. Other VIP guests of the festival are Mwende „FreeQuency” Katwiwa (Kenya/USA), 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, and poet, professor and ‘Slam Master’ Bob Holman from New York, whose previous appearance on the Hungarian slam stages has already been a great success. Additionally, along with local slam poets, Philip Meersman, Belgian slammer, head coordinator and organizer of the European Championships and Jaan Malin alias Luulur, Estonian sound poet, editor, essayist, curator will add poetic colour and joy to the program.   

November 27th will be a “Conference Day” at Anker’t Budapest, where workshops, debates and open discussions will let the audience gain an insight into the origins and the present status of the genre both overseas and in Europe. The next day is the day of the Semi-finals, also at Anker’t, with over 20 European slammers competing with each other. November 29th is dedicated to performances at Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, where among other solo productions, the American-European collaboration will present a unique, multilingual showcase with the title „Bridging Barriers”, as the culminating result of the intensive workshop sessions. Finally, the main highlight, of course, is the European Poetry Slam Championship Finals, taking place on November 30th, also on the stages of Trafó.

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.
#V4 #Visegrad

Funding is provided by the United States Government.

US Embassy Budapest

Visegrad Fund




27 November-1 December 2018

Tue 27 November 2018 – CONFERENCE DAY
16:00 Slam Masters’ Public Talk @ Anker’t Budapest
16:00 Workshop held by Hungarian slammer, former national champion Kristóf Horváth
17:00 Bob Holman’s lecture on one of his main projects, „The Oral Tradition“.
18:00 Marc Smith’s master class about the genre of his invention

19:30 The Grand Slam Debate @ Anker’t Budapest
An interactive dialogue about the developments of the genre, led by Marc Smith on one side and Bob Holman on the other. For the first time in the history of slam poetry, the two slam gurus can publicly discuss their sometimes conflicting views of slam poetry, reflecting on its origins, definition problems, commercialisation tendencies, institutionalised models, successes and downfalls.
Hosts: Philip Meersman (B) & Márk “Saiid” Süveg (H)


Wed 28 November 2018 – DAY OF THE SEMI-FINALS

 08:00 Tilos Radio Broadcast@ Tilos Studio
Invitation of V+ and US delegations for radio interviews and live acts to popular Wednesday morning talk show „Kolorlokal”.

17:00 Semi-finals of the European Poetry Slam Championship @ Anker’t Budapest
First rounds of the competition involving all European slam champions. Judge President: Bob Holman.


Thurs 29 November 2018 – PERFORMANCE DAY

19:00 Showcase by Hungarian slammers

20:00 „Bridging Barriers” Live Showcase @ Trafó
Final performance production of the intensive, 3-day workshop session, worked out by European slam poets (from Serbia, Macedonia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, France and Hungary) and Chicago’s Speak Easy Ensemble 2018, led by Marc Kelly Smith, displaying how different languages and cultures may be creatively brought together, with purpose and harmony, to produce fruitful and intriguing works of art, with dynamic interaction and audience engagement.

 21:00 American Slam Showcase and other LIVE performances @ Trafó
Highlight performer: Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa – 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion


Fri 30 November 2018 – DAY OF THE FINALS

 16:00 Discussion about the past, present and future of European Poetry Slam Championships (private event)

19:00 Finals of the European Slam Championship @ Trafó
Final rounds of the competition. Judges will be selected mainly from the US delegation and possibly other EU slam affiliates. Judge President: Bob Holman.


Sat 1 December 2018

Post-Gathering @ TBA

Anker’t                    Paulay Ede Utca 33, 1061 Budapest   
Trafó House Of Contemporary Arts    Liliom Utca 41, 1094 Budapest   

Main organizer:
Slam Poetry Magyarország Egyesület (Slam Poetry Hungary Association)

Partners, Sponsors & Support:
International Visegrad Fund
US Embassy Budapest Hungary – Funding provided by the United States Government
Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
Anker’t Budapest
Tilos Cultural Foundation
Slovak Institute Budapest
Austrian Cultural Forum
Finnagora Hungary
Citizens Association „Poezin” (Serbia)
Association of Citizens – Theater Workshop Prilep (Macedonia)
Public Organization Artistic Council Dialogue (Ukraine) Civil Association (Slovakia)
Detour Production z.s. (Czech Republic)
CultureAction Foundation (Poland)

European Poetry Slam Champions:
Austria: Katharina Wenty
Belgium: Nathan Jonniaux aka REQ
Croatia: Stilda Roguljić
Cyprus: Constantinos Papageorgiou
Czech Republic: Filip Koryta aka Dr Filipitch
Estonia: Silver Sepp
Finland: Jonna Nummela aka Nihkee Akka
Hungary: Péter Molnár
Iceland: Jón Magnús Arnarsson
Ireland: Nuala Leonard
Italy: Luca Bernardini, Paride Rama
Lithuania: Aistė Šivytė
Macedonia: Marija Grubor
Norway: Sofie Frost
Poland: Aleksandra Kanar
Serbia: Nenad Ignjatović
Slovakia: Samčo Brat ďážďoviek (Sammie the brother of worms)
Slovenia: Neža Prah Seničar
Spain: Adriana Bertran
Sweden: Mattias Hammarström
Ukraine: Dmytro Lazutkin

Bridging Barriers Workshop & Performance:
Chicago’s Speak Easy Ensemble: Marc Kelly Smith, Nate Smith, Bailey Castle, Joel Chmara, Eli Bensusan
Goran Zivkovic (Serbia)
Elena Prendjova (Macedonia)
Tomas Straka (Slovakia)
Anna Kalfas aka Rudka Zydel (Poland)
Vaclav Sindelar aka Anatol Svahilec (Czech)
Pavlo Korobchuk (Ukraine)
Marton Simon (Hungary)
Mr Zurg & Yopo (France)

US Team:
Bob Holman
Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa (2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion)
Chicago’s Speak Easy Ensemble 2018:
Marc Kelly Smith
Nate Smith
Bailey Castle
Joel Chmara
Eli Bensusan