Next festival: 13-23 May 2023

Celebrate Public speaking Poetry recital Prose reading Public speaking Solo acting The power of words online

On Zoom in time zones around the world, 13 to 23 May 2023

The next Oratory Festival starts in


Online booking will be opening by Monday 5 December 2022. Schools and groups can book now by emailing

Celebrate oratory online

We’ll be holding Zoom events in a range of time zones from Saturday 13 May to Tuesday 23 May, 2023. If you’re between the ages of 6 and 18, you can enter our friendly competition by reading the words of great writers in Poetry Recital from Memory, Shakespeare Sonnet, Prose Reading or Solo Acting. Or wow us with your original oratory in Your Original Poetry, as well as our public speaking categories Presenting an Argument, Speaking to Inform or Impromptu. This year, we’ve also added a News Report category.

Everyone who takes part will be sent a beautiful digital certificate, and receive useful feedback to help you to develop as a speaker and performer. We’ll also be recognising the best speakers in every class, and you’ll also be in the running to receive our Jubilee Trophy for ‘Best in Festival’. We can’t wait to meet you!

Debbie Newman and Alison Coates, Chief Judges

Our Festival in May 2023

After our first hugely exciting Festival in May 2022, we’re delighted to be returning for a second year. Our next Festival will be running from Saturday 13 to Tuesday 23 May 2023, with events scheduled to suit you in time zones around the world. In addition to last year’s options in Public Speaking, Poetry, Prose and Drama, we also have new classes for ‘Your original poetry’, ‘Shakespeare sonnets’ and ‘News report’.

Contact us

If you have any questions, or would like to make a booking for a school or group by email, we’d love to hear from you at

Online booking for individual entries will be launching by Monday 5 December.

British & International Federation of Festivals

The Noisy Classroom

Helping young people become persuasive and creative speakers, critical listeners, analytical thinkers and engaged citizens

The International Oratory Festival is founded and run by the Noisy Classroom. Based in the UK, we are a training organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting the use of speaking and listening in schools. We also offer online coaching for families and individual young people around the world. Visit or email to book!