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Commonwealth Voices is a School Spoken Word Performance Poetry Competition that invites Lancashire’s young people to voice their vision for a Common Future.

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The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 53 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace. In April 2018, the UK will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, where leaders from all the member countries will gather in London to work “Towards a Common Future.”

The Heads of Government will focus on four key areas, and will discuss how Commonwealth countries can work together to create:

  • A more sustainable future

  • A fairer future

  • A more secure future

  • A more prosperous future

There will be a particular focus on securing brighter futures for young people in Commonwealth countries.

To mark this occasion, the Lancashire Commonwealth 2018 Schools/Education Steering Group is launching ‘Commonwealth Voices’; a Lancashire school-wide Spoken Word Performance Poetry competition for young people aged 11-16.

The Competition

We want to find the county’s most relevant, insightful and compelling young voices; young people who are ambassadors for and proponents of the Commonwealth’s values – democracy, free speech, human rights and the rule of law.

Open to secondary schools across Lancashire, Commonwealth Voices invites students to speak about their vision for a ‘Common Future’.

The competition is free to enter and all entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation.  Shortlisted finalists will perform their Spoken Word piece in front of a live audience at the Lancashire Civic Leaders’ Commonwealth Celebration Event.  Performances will be judged by a panel of Lancashire’s most prominent leaders and dignitaries, including the Lord-Lieutenant for Lancashire – The Rt Hon the Lord Shuttleworth KG, KCVO; internationally-acclaimed poet and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE and Dr Yvonne Reddick, winner of a Northern Writer’s Award.

The top three performers and their schools will each receive prizes.

The future of the Commonwealth depends on its one billion young people. With schools across the county expected to participate, ‘Commonwealth Voices’ is a powerful platform for the young voices of the Commonwealth to be developed and heard.

Commonwealth Voices

Voice your vision for a ‘Common Future’ – enter our Spoken Word Competition for secondary schools across Lancashire

Cash Prizes for Schools
  • 1st place – £600
  • 2nd place – £300
  • 3rd place – £200
Prizes for Student Poets

A trophy and certificate will be awarded for the top three performances.

1st place performer(s)
will win a 10” Android Tablet

2 runners-up
will receive an 8” Android Tablet

Closing Date: 16 March 2018

Finalists Announced: 22 March 2018

Live Finals: 18 April 2018

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