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Spoken Walls: A City in Verse

13 Mar 2022 to 27 Mar 2022
March 10 - 27
Witness the youth of Tāmaki Makaurau paint the streets with poetry and shine a light on the voices of our rangatahi, ngā rangatira mō āpōpō, the chiefs of tomorrow.
Event type: 
Art, Literature, Public Art
Visual activations across the Auckland region thro


A festival is a portal for speaking, listening, questioning, and reflecting about who we are as individuals, as a city, and as a nation. There is no one truth and we all bring our personal story to every dialogue and experience we encounter.

A public platform for young people to amplify their truth and hopes on our city walls, shop windows, bus shelters, and more, Spoken Walls: A City in Verse invites poets from high schools and communities across the city to contribute to this concrete kōrero, and gift their visions of hope and inspiration to all of Auckland.

Action Education is a leading arts-based youth development organisation that use spoken word poetry as a powerful medium to engage young people. They believe creativity and self-expression is fundamental to wellbeing and they provide safe spaces for thousands of young people each year to connect, reflect and to express their stories.

Through this project they will work with 16 young poets from different High Schools and communities across the city. They will be taken on a journey to explore the things that matter to them the most, reflect on their truths and hopes through spoken and written word.

Written by

Auckland Arts Festival

25 Feb 2022