Europe Direct Soapbox Competition

Information on the annual Europe Direct Soapbox Competition

The Europe Direct Soapbox competition is held in Autumn each year.  Participants have three minutes to make their case for or against the theme and convince the judges.  Regional winners are selected in each of the Europe Direct centres before competing in the Grand Final in Dublin.  

'Climate Change is Not My Problem' was the theme for the 2019 competition and the finalists set out their views at the Grand Final in the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin on November 20th. 

The winners, Johanna Lane (18-and-under category) and Beverley Joseph (19-and-over category) were announced at the event by Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources. Included in their prize is €1,000 sponsored by the European Commission Representation in Ireland and a trip to Brussels to see EU democracy in action, sponsored by Grace O’Sullivan, MEP.    

 

Keep an eye on this page for details of the 2020 competition!

 

Background:

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.