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Get the word out for Word Up! 2018

Published: 11 June 2018
Entrant during Word Up! 2017

Calling all rappers, poets, spoken word performers and songwriters!

If you write your own material in any word-based genre, then this is the event for you.

Word Up! is an exciting performance competition which gives 13 to 21-year-olds the opportunity to present their original work, from rap, poetry and spoken word to song lyrics or even stand-up comedy.

Corban Estate Arts Centre (CEAC) first launched Word Up! 13 years ago as an initiative for local youth. It has since grown to include young people from all over Auckland, offering 13 to 21-year-olds a chance to perform their original word-based performance works before an audience.

The final performance is part of the Going West Books & Writers Festival and will be judged by three established arts practitioners.

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There are some great prizes up for grabs, so check it out and enter now!

Fill in the entry form

Entries are free and close on Friday 17 August. Auditions for successful applicants will be on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August, 10am-4pm.

Participants can also register by visiting the reception at Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson.

Watch the video of Word Up! 2017 to find out what to expect on the night:

The prize includes:

  • an industry-standard microphone for the winner and two runner-ups
  • a professional recording of their work
  • mentoring opportunities
  • a live radio broadcast of their work on two youth-focused radio stations: bFM and BaseFM.

Show your support and be inspired by today’s youth at the Grand Final on Friday 7 September, 7pm, at Shed 1, CEAC.

Look out for further exciting updates at, including special performances and workshops for participants.