Europe Direct Centre Soapbox Competition 2020

The Europe Direct Information Centre in Clones are excited to announce the topic for our 2020 Soapbox:
“Everyone wants to go back to the pre-Covid way of life”
You can argue in favour or against the motion, with marks awarded for content, delivery, structure and overall impact.

Submit your three minute entry video to us by email to by November 18th to be part of the regional heats, and be in with a chance to win a spot in the national final in December!
A regional winner in under 18 and over 19 age categories will be announced and entered into the national prize.

The Europe Direct Soapbox is a public speaking competition that is taking place throughout November. You have three minutes to speak and convince the judges in favour, or against, the motion!
Regional winners will receive an iPad mini and then go on to compete in the national final, with a grand prize of €1,000 for the winners of each category!

The term ‘soapbox’ originates in the use of an empty crate as a platform by speakers to give speeches, often impromptu, to passers-by from around the turn of the last century. The most famous location for soapbox oratory is Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London, which has been a setting for public speaking since the 1870s.

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