We worked with some of the country’s leading slam producers to bring you Shake the Dust. These are organisations and groups putting on high-quality spoken word events around England. Check out our calendar of events below, which lists all these incredible events brought to you by our slam partners!

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5:00 pm West Midlands – Regional Final @ The Drum
West Midlands – Regional Final @ The Drum
Jun 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
SHAKE THE DUST WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL FINAL Saturday 9 June | 5pm @ The Drum FEATURING special guest performances by Jam Jah Sound System with Juggla and Akala. JUDGED by Charlie Dark, Lorna Laidlaw and George Ttoouli. HOSTED by Sic’Nis. PARTICIPANTS: Broadway, Holyhead, Stockland Green, Queensbridge and Woodrush High. SHADOW POETS: Connie Bell, Hayley Frances, Laura Yates, Elisabeth Charis and Deci4Life. Booking: www.the-drum.org.uk / 0121 333 2444
6:30 pm East Midlands – Regional Final @ Nottingham Playhouse
East Midlands – Regional Final @ Nottingham Playhouse
Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
SHAKE THE DUST EAST MIDLANDS REGIONAL FINAL Saturday 9 June | 6:30pm @ Nottingham Playhouse With special guest performances from Nottingham based collective Gang of Angels (G.O.A), a choir of funky vocalists who sing with a contemporary, experimental twist and QMX Dance Academy. JUDGED by Mark Gwynne Jones, Chris Sudworth, Melanie Abrahams and Khadijah Ibrahiim. GET INVOLVED Writing and Performance Workshops and Open Mic with The Mouthy Poets, 4pm-6pm. All ages and levels of writer can explore their minds and the page, then take words onto the stage at the Open Mic. PARTICIPANTS: Tuxford Academy, Beckhampton Learning Centre, Hyson Green Youth Club, New College Leicester and Djanogly City Academy. SHADOW POETS: Ioney Smallhorne, Wise, Simon Jones, Jim Hall and Chris Frain. Booking: nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk / 0115 941 9419
7:30 pm North West – Regional Final @ Contact
North West – Regional Final @ Contact
Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
SHAKE THE DUST NORTH WEST REGIONAL FINAL Saturday 9 June | 7:30pm @ Contact HOSTED by Contact’s artistic director and spoken word artist Baba Israel, the show will feature a telepresence performance with Manchester’s Young Identity and New York’s Urban Word, supported by CultureHub. JUDGED by Mike Garry, Desiree Reynolds and Joelle Taylor. PARTICIPANTS: Sale Grammar School, Accrington Academy, Salford Academy, Chorlton High School and Young Identity Old Trafford. SHADOW POETS: Nicole May, Louise Fazackerley, Anita Welsh, Michael Wilson and Daniel Skerritt. Booking: contactmcr.com / 0161 274 0600