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Victory Mini-Fest

What says poetry slam more than a boxing ring?

Time to take your gloves off, Whakatū, for a night of scintillating alliteration, logophile uppercuts and a rhythmic pummelling from some of Victory and beyond’s greatest voices.

After participating in workshops with Action Education - some of the best slam poets in Aotearoa - these verbal virtuosos will take to the ring under the auspices of the incredible Victory Boxing team. Word, rhyme, waiata, rap, solo, group, beautiful, tough, real.

Some claim slam poetry started in a Chicago boxing ring. We say, we don’t care, we’re doing it our own Victory way. Time to give ‘em the ol’ One -Two, Whakatū.

(Please note, gloves are to actually stay on.)

Workshop for Rangatahi

Join celebrated Spoken Word Poets Sheldon Rua and Talia Stanley from Action Education for a special workshop & sharing performance opportunity as part of Nelson Arts Festival at Victory Boxing Gym.

This workshop and performance are for all poets between the ages of 14-24, at all levels of experience.

All participants will walk away with a draft of a poem, an understanding of spoken word performance techniques, and a chance to share their work.

The workshop is designed for young people to freely express their worldview and identity through spoken word poetry in a safe and supportive space.

Register by contacting:
ASAP - limited spaces available!

Action Education and the South Auckland Poets Collective are a community of poets, artists, and community leaders. For more information about our programmes, staff, and free teaching resources please visit

Sheldon Rua 

Multidisciplinary artist, and Son of $outh Auckland, Sheldon Rua, is an emerging Māori/Samoan fusion-performance poet who has graced stages across Aotearoa. His work speaks largely to identity, culture, and aims to share the shine that lives within his communities through his word. Always raw, always real. He is currently chipping away at his new collection of magu "Kanohi", stay tuned for more info!

Talia Stanley 

Talia Stanley is a facilitator, youth development worker and published spoken word poet. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and has a certificate in Pacific Performing Arts. She has been involved in spoken word poetry since she was a junior in high school, participating in the first year of the first inter high school poetry slam, Word - The Front Line to now working in the organisation that kick started her journey, Action Education. She writes about her experiences as a woman and within the health system in hopes to shed light on communities that need a voice.

In collaboration with 

Fri 21 Oct | 6.30 pm

60 min
Pay What You Can (PWYC)

Plus service fee 

Ages 12+/PG

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