Young@Arts: A festival by and for young people

MAP is working with young people in Great Yarmouth to stage a free, one-day, creative arts festival on Wednesday October 24th, featuring live music, performances, exhibitions and a series of visual and performing arts workshops including street photography, graphic illustration, contemporary dance and rap lyric writing.

‘Young people who took part in the Great Yarmouth YAB consultation earlier this year identified a lack of creative activities for their age-group,’ explains Karla George, MAP Senior Community Youth Worker. ‘In addition, creative arts subjects are being squeezed out of many schools’ curricula, so the young people we work with decided to create their own Festival, with activities and events that are relevant to them. Young@Arts will give young people the chance to try something new this half term and develop their existing interests.  Many of the workshops and activities are led by local artists, performers and professionals so the event will also showcase the wide range of careers on offer in the creative arts sector.’

MAP is co-ordinating the Festival with the young people and in partnership with local organisations including the Borough Council and Neighbourhoods That Work. It is funded by the National Lottery and the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

The Young@Arts Festival takes place at venues across the town between 12noon and 10pm and is aimed at young people age 11-19. All activities are free and each young person who registers will get a voucher for a free meal which they can redeem at local food outlets.