Four hundred young people and others watching online joined forces and voices to call for their space in arts and education at the first Young Creatives' Convention.

The Young Creatives’ Convention: Time to be Heard on Wednesday this week featured a day of presentations, workshops and panel discussions. The delegates called on the arts sector to make space for young people and give them a voice.

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The young delegates highlighted difficulties including:

  • Barriers to theatre or arts because of money or location
  • Lack of transparency on careers pathways into the industry
  • Lack of agency of young people in the arts.

They also filled in pledge cards with a promise for future action which included listening to each other and finding the confidence and strength to share their ideas and opinions.

The day was supported by TikTok and hosted by our Youth Advisory Board, together with young people from the BRIT school, Intermission Youth, Silhouette Youth Theatre and Bradford College.

We also welcomed senior policy advisors from the Department for Education to discuss the Cultural Education Plan.

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