Speak out in 2022!

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

On Zoom in time zones around the world, 17 May to 27 May 2022

This year’s Oratory Festival starts in


Registration for this year’s Festival is now officially closed.
Take a look at our resources to help you prepare, or email entries@oratoryfestival.com to see if we can squeeze you into a category!


We’re really excited to welcome you to the first year of the International Oratory Festival, an online celebration of speech and drama … Do you love words? Do you like to meet new people from around the world? Do you like to think differently? If you do, you’ve come to the right place!

Celebrate oratory online

We’ll be holding Zoom events in a range of time zones from Tuesday 17 May to Friday 27 May, 2022. If you’re between the ages of 5 and 18, you can enter our friendly competition by reading the words of great writers in Poetry Recital from MemoryProse Reading or Solo Acting. Or wow us with your original oratory in our public speaking categories Sharing with an Audience, Presenting an Argument, Speaking to Inform or Impromptu.

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



Schools or clubs can book a session for a whole class starting from £90. We can fit a group of up to 15 into a one hour session. All participants in each session need to be entering the same category, but they can be spread across different age groups. If you are interested, please email entries@oratoryfestival.com.

Our categories

We have seven exciting categories which you can enter. Each one enables you to share your skills in a different area of oratory, from reading great words by established authors to presenting your own thoughts.

Our age groups

Entry to each of our categories costs £10. We also have a number of multibuy discounts, to enter 4, 5 or 6 categories for a reduced rate.

British & International Federation of Festivals

We are delighted to be affiliated to the British & International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance & Speech (of which Her Majesty the Queen is Patron) as a Provisional Member in our inaugural year.

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 noisyclassroom.com or email info@noisyclassroom.com to book!

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