Manchester City of Literature project

The spoken word version of Eurovision, hosted by the UNESCO Cities of Literature — where each City slams their way to the grand title of Slamovision Champion!

We’re thrilled that Jardel Rodrigues brought the Slamovision crown home to Manchester in 2020! We came joint first place with Quebec City of Literature after a tough round of voting across the globe. This means in 2021 we will be hosting in partnership with Quebec.

Jardel has been described as:

‘A fast-paced, urban word-wonder […] a taste of poetic flair mixed with musical daring’

He was one of 2020’s BBC 1Xtra’s Words First winners, he performed to a rain-soaked crowd of hundreds at the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Peterloo, Manchester, where he even gained praise from renowned film director, Danny Boyle. He has participated in and also won several slams around the country and is a proud representative of Manchester based poetry collective, Young Identity.

Our winner was revealed in November 2020 at the Tartu International Literature Festival Prima Vista. There was also a public vote, so thank you everyone for voting!

Hear Jardel’s winning Slamovision poem below.


Jardel's winning poem - Barbirolli Square

Tartu City of Literature