Young@Arts: A festival by and for young people

Over 120 young people took part in a free, one-day, creative arts festival last month, organised by and for young people supported by MAP.  Young@Arts featured live music, performances, exhibitions and a series of visual and performing arts workshops including street photography, graphic illustration, contemporary dance and rap lyric writing.  This amazing film captures the day in all its colour and creativity.

‘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 gave young people the chance to try something new and develop their existing interests.  Many of the workshops and activities were led by local artists, performers and professionals so the event also showcased the wide range of careers on offer in the creative arts sector.’

MAP co-ordinated the Festival with young people and in partnership with local organisations including the Borough Council and Neighbourhoods That Work. It was funded by the National Lottery and the Department for Culture Media and Sport.  Watch this space for Young@Arts 2019!