Festival News: Open Mic Programming Hour

The sun is shining, birds are singing and people are smiling again. This must mean that the countdown to the 2011 festival has officially begun! Obviously 😉

And in order to start this countdown with a bang, I figured I would introduce you to — drum roll please — one of our brand new stages!

We are launching a new stage this year that will feature hourly, genre-based, interactive programming sessions showcasing the great young adult books, authors and artists Canada has to offer. It’s a fresh, new stage to bring a fun and youthful perspective to the festival. So, to celebrate, we have launched three, I repeat, THREE new contests/initiatives.

The first is the Open Mic Programming Hour. A first for the festival, we are inviting people aged 13-19 to submit work — it could be poetry, a short story, a novel, a play, etc. — for the chance to actually present it on stage, on festival day. We are dedicating an hour of programming to this Open Mic session, giving up to 6 people the chance to shine.  So if you are between the ages of 13-19 or you know someone who is, please contact me at kristen@thewordonthestreet.ca for more information!  We are accepting submissions until June 30, 2011. To see a list of acceptable submissions, please click here.

We are also hosting two new contests this year dedicated to this stage, and with some fabulous prizes if I do say so myself.

1) Name that Stage! We need your help to actually name our new venue — we are stuck. To show our appreciation for your help, the winner will receive a Sony Reader! Contest runs until June 30, 2011.

2) T-shirt Design Competition — Every year we need a new t-shirt design, so we decided why not make a t-shirt reflective of our new stage and why not let our audience design it? This contest is open to 13-30 year olds and the winner will not only get a free t-shirt – like that isn’t enough 😉 — they will also get a digital, point and shoot camera with 12 megapixels! Contest runs until July 31, 2011.

Whew. That was a big post, filled with lot’s of exciting information. I’m exhausted. But, please, help us celebrate our new venue and get involved! Or spread the word.

Thanks! And make sure to check back regularly as we update you on what’s happening in 2011.

– Kristen.


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