Soapbox Competition

Europe Direct Soapbox Competition 2018



 Entry is open to all and contestants can compete in one of two categories:

1) 18 and under

2) 19 and over

Each contestant must present a three-minute speech for or against the topic at a regional final before a public audience and a panel of judges.

A winner from each category will be selected on the day. Both will qualify for the grand final in Dublin on 27th November 2018.

EDIC Regional Soapbox Date Venue
Ballinalsoe Tuesday, 23 October Ballinasloe Library
Blanchardstown Tuesday, 23 October Blanchardstown Library
Clones Monday, 5 November Clones Library
Letterkenny Thursday, 8 November Letterkenny Library
Nenagh  Tuesday, 13 November Nenagh Library
Portlaoise  Wednesday, 24 October Portlaoise Library
Sligo Thursday, 18 October Sligo Central Library
Waterford  Tuesday, 6 November City Hall, Waterford City
Please contact your local Europe Direct Centre for full details of an event near you!

You can download an application form here, but please note you will need to check the submission process and deadline for entry with your local Europe Direct Centre.

Guidelines for Regional Soapbox Events 2018

Rules for Applications 2018


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.

Regional prizes and the overall prizes of €1,000 are sponsored by the European Commission Representation in Ireland.