Voices for Change

MCIC brings together Manitoba youth to create a spoken word poem about SDG-related issues. Through a collaborative workshop process the youth write an original poem and create a performance piece that is professionally recorded. The Voices for Change spoken word poem has been debuted during International Development Week.

Calling all performers, writers and creatives!

Two past participants attend the Voices for Change workshop

Each year, high school students (grades 9-12) who have a passion for writing and performance are encourage to apply to participate in our annual Voices for Change project.

Under the tutelage of talented Manitoba-based spoken word poet Steve Locke, students participate in two weekend workshops to develop an original spoken word poem about a global issue. To wrap up the project, students create a performance piece that will be professionally filmed and debuted during International Development Week in February.

Get Inspired

Voices for Change 2024 poets, Felipio and Zahara, wrote a piece titled Pillows of Concrete that asks us to reconsider what we think about those experiencing homelessness.

To help kick off International Development Week 2024, Felipio and Zahara performed Pillows of Concrete live at the Manitoba Legislative Building to an audience including the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, the Premier of Manitoba, MLAs, dignitaries and guests.

You can watch Pillows of Concrete, our 2024 Voices for Change project, below.

Past Performances

Check out our past performers below for inspiration.