Word Up! 2018

Grand Final: Fri 7 September

 Daniel Wardadi at Word Up! 2017. Photo by Roosje van der Werff.

Calling all rappers, poets, spoken word performers and songwriters… If you write your own material in any word-based genre then we need YOU!

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

The judges are confirmed and they are:

 Hip Hop Artist MeloDownz

Spoken Word Artist Ria Masai

Spoken Word Veteran Ken Arkind

There are some great prizes up for grabs, so enter now! 

Fill in the online registration form here. 

The winner of Word Up! will receive:

Bragging rights as the Word Up Winner 2018! and more prizes to be confirmed !!!

Grand Final: Friday 7 September. 

An evening of original word-based performance by young people, in association with the Going West Books and Writers Festival. Be in the audience to hear young singer-songwriters, poets and rappers present their own original work. Yes, it’s a contest, and there are prizes to be won!

Supported by:

Going West Books and Writers festival

Creative Communities

Foundation North

The Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa



Base FM




Grand Final: Friday 7 September, 7-10pm 

Prizes to be announced!