Europe Direct Soapbox Competition Final 2020

Watch the final at 11am on Wednesday, 9th December 2020!

The Europe Direct Soapbox is a public speaking competition in which contestants have three minutes to speak and convince the judges in favour, or against, the motion! Regional events have taken place throughout November and the National Final will be streamed on You Tube at 11am on Wednesday, 9th December 2020. The National Winners will be announced live on the day!

Regional winners will receive an iPad mini and the winners of each category (18 and Under, and 19 and Over) of the National Final will receive a prize of €1,000!


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.