First ever youth arts festival a huge success! ATW5 -Around the World in 5 Days, supported by The Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate Fund, was a week from 24th to 28th July full to the brim with cultural activities, providing opportunities to celebrate the achievements and support the aspirations of our local young people. The festival was planned by People Express’ group of Creative Young Producers, who worked alongside us to create the festival and introduce other young people to arts and culture from around the world. You can find out more about some of the exciting activities from the festival here.
Local young people, aged 13-19 years of age were invited to apply for one of the places on the programme to become part of a panel that will act as People Express young ambassadors, who will be involved in helping us develop our entire programme.
In the lead up to the festival, our Creative Young Producers tried out different workshops for themselves, before booking artists to be in the festival programme, taking part in Marimba workshops with Tafi Mushuku, working alongside visual artist Ashok Mistry to create beautiful Duppatta’s printed with their own designs. They also attended a local young person’s festival at Eureka Park to promote the Festival. During May/June half-term, the group explored diverse cultures and art forms further with a day at People Express, working with diversity consultant, Robert Lee, artists who are experts in dance, music and visual arts from around the world. The group also attended a trip to London to see Mahtab Hussain’s exhibition ‘You get me?’ at Autograph.