Enter now: Word Up! 2019

Entries open: Mon 10 June
Entries close: Sat 17 August
Auditions: Sat 24 August
Grand Final: Fri 6 September

 Enter now: Word Up! 2019

Enter from Monday 10 June

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 – 20 year olds the opportunity to present their original work: from rap, poetry and spoken word to song lyrics, or even stand-up comedy.

Plus calling all freestylers! Come to the Grand Final and take a shot at a half time cypher! prizes to be won!!!

Enter now

There are some great prizes up for grabs, so enter now! Follow this link to the entry form, and terms and conditions


Highlights from Word up! 2018  

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Grand Final

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!

Prizes and judges to be announced!

Entry by koha 



Supported by:

Going West Books and Writers festival

Creative Communities

Foundation North

The Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa



Base FM



Entries open : Monday 10 June (Entry is free)

Entries close: Saturday 17 August  (Entry is free)


Enter online here


Auditions: Saturday 24 August, 10am – 4pm

Registrations essential


Grand Final: Fri 6 September, 7-10pm

 Enter now: Word Up! 2019


Shed 1
Corban Estate Arts Centre
2 Mt Lebanon Lane