Courts Bocas Speak Out Intercol 2016

Courts Bocas Speak Out Intercol

The 2016 Spoken Word Intercol champion is Shineque Saunders of Pleasantville Secondary School!

Students from 20 secondary schools competed on Friday 4th March, for a place in the finals of this year’s Courts Bocas Speak Out Intercol. Only 12 competitors made it through to the final on Friday, 11th March.

The exciting championship comes after a three-part nationwide touring season of workshops, performance and competitions, sponsored by COURTS, that started last September and has involved over 25,000 secondary school children in over 50 schools.

Semis: 9-11am & 12.30-2.30pm, Friday 4 March.

Finals: 10am-12pm, Friday 11 March.

Venue: Daaga Hall, UWI, St. Augustine.

Both semi finals and finals were open to the public and free. All are welcome!

2016 Courts Bocas Secondary Schools “Speak Out” Spoken Word Tour

In the third nationwide Courts Bocas Secondary Schools Speak Out Tour, members of The 2 Cents Movement visit 50 schools to share some of the most stirring, thought-provoking and topical performances with a number of highly enthusiastic secondary school audiences.

Five local spoken word artists, accompanied by American artist-in-residence Marshall Davis Jones and a number of other guest poets, perform at schools, actively engaging the students in critical thought and explorations of language and creativity, while offering a stimulating and entertaining experience of poetry.

The tour is geared towards promoting art and literacy and includes free workshops for students that introduce them to writing and performance at a number of designated sites across the country. There students have the opportunity to work closely with the well-known performance poets, allowing for building and exchanging ideas, as well as developing newly crafted work.

In last year’s tour, more than 2,500 students signed up to attend the workshops, and figures are projected to be even higher this year as the genre grows in popularity and relevancy among young people across communities, encouraging creative expression and enhancing personal development.

The new budding performance poets represent their schools in an exciting Intercol play off in the annual Courts Bocas Speak Out Intercol in March 2016.

The Tour poets include some of the finest spoken word artists in T&T: Idrees Saleem and Akile Wallace, winners of the 2014 Bocas Verses Poetry Slam and 2015 First Citizen’s National Poetry Slam Championship respectively, and Deneka Thomas and Derron Sandy who were competing finalists in the 2015 hotly contested competition.

This is another Bocas Lit Fest project that seeks to celebrate the literary traditions in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider region, while supporting the work of Caribbean writers globally. Its mandate to support literacy, education and creativity among youth, has led to a thriving partnership with The 2 Cents Movement, a vibrant nonprofit that focuses on using performance art for youth development and social engagement.

Courts provides the financial backing for the tour and the Ministry of Education and the U.S. Embassy also form an integral part in facilitating the success of this historic 2015-16 national project, designed to inspire, empower and positively impact the lives of young people nationwide.

The tour continues to March 2016. To keep up with that exciting journey, you can follow on facebook at:

What is the 2 Cents Movement?

A youth-led arts non-profit organisation focused on engaging youth in contemporary social issues. Born out of concern for the increasing apathy among the young, the ultimate aim of the 2 Cents Movement is to enhance the way youth think, speak, care and act in the personal and public spheres; make it cool to be conscious; develop change agents. Before becoming the 2 Cents Movement in 2012, the group was originally a university debating society. Projects initiated by the 2 Cents Movement to date include SWRD 101 (a 12 week spoken word course) and 2 Cents for Change (video productions featuring spoken word artistes addressing issues on YouTube). Projects with the Bocas Lit Fest include VERSES Bocas Poetry Slam (a national spoken word poetry competition sponsored by First Citizens), U.WE Speak, USC Speak and Courts Bocas Speak Out Secondary Schools Tour.


The Courts Bocas Speak Out tour poets

The dynamic young poets leading the Courts Bocas Speak Out secondary school tour. 

At Rio Claro West Secondary