Digital Arts Fest 2021

Work with highly skilled culturally diverse and working class, professional artists, theatre makers, musicians, spoken word artists and filmmakers to make [ART], find your [PLACE] and get your [VOICE HEARD] in this exciting new digital Arts Award Festival, supported by Arts Council England.

Running from February – April 2021, join Lancashire Youth Challenge, More Music & Prop Up Project as they help you unlock your creativity, create new work, and complete a Bronze Arts Award qualification.

To take part in this online experience you will need to be aged 13-19 years and have access to either a SMART device (mobile phone) or laptop, and good internet connection. If you will struggle with any of these, get in contact and we will see if we can support you.

Phase 1 – Creative Experimentation Workshops

These FREE online workshops are designed to inspire and challenge you to create new work that celebrates your ideas of identity, place, and your vision for the future in a post COVID world. You can attend all the workshops or just the ones you find most interesting:

Spoken Word, Rap and Poetry workshop with Blue Saint (Completed)

Find out more about Blue Saint here:

Theatre Making workshop with Nathan Powell (Completed)

Find out more about Nathan here:

Visual Arts workshop with Hannah Whitlow (Completed)

Find out more about Hannah and her work here:

Mobile Film Making workshop with briggsy (Completed)

Find out more about briggsy here:

Music workshop with Angela Chan (Completed)

Find out more about Angela here:

Writing & Performance workshop with Nathaniel Hall

When: Saturday 13th March 2021

Times: 11.30am – 3.30pm

Nathaniel is a freelance theatre-maker, writer, performer, producer, and HIV activist from Manchester.

He develops, writes, enables, produces, and creates theatre and stories with (and for) people who are unheard or marginalised, who describes himself as an expert by experience in the art of telling autobiographical stories of health and wellbeing.

In 2019/20 he toured his first ever solo show to audiences across the U.K. and he is currently appearing in ‘It’s A Sin’ – Russell T Davies’ new TV drama about HIV/AIDS in the 1980s – on Channel 4.

Find our more about Nathaniel here:

Phase 2 – Bronze Arts Award Programme

Work with Lancashire Youth Challenge, More Music and the Prop Up Project over two days to complete a Bronze Arts Award on the themes of hope and resilience[AB1] .


The Arts Award is a nationally recognised and respected scheme that has been developed to allow young people to gain credit for exploring the arts and creativity. There are three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold.

For this programme we will be working towards Bronze, which is a Level 1 qualification. Find out more here.


Attendance is free. All we ask is that you attend both Arts Award days and are open to exploring your voice, identity and place.


Saturday 20th & 27th March 2021, 11-4.30pm (both days).


Well. To complete your Bronze Arts Award, you will:

  • Take part in arts-based workshops
  • Experience one arts event or show
  • Explore careers in the arts
  • Share an arts skill with others
  • Collect evidence of all of the above in a log or portfolio

That’s really easy. Just spend a few minutes filling out the registration form below.

Watch this short film for more information about this exciting qualification:

To complete the Bronze Arts Award you must be available to attend two full days of workshops on Saturday 20th March and Saturday 27th March.

Phase 3 – Making a Film!!!

The final element of the Digital Arts Festival is a film making project. Facilitated by professional writers and film makers, you and the team will script, storyboard, and shoot a film about HOPE. This film will capture our individual and group experiences of life during COVID-19 but will focus on what we have learned about ourselves, each other, and the wider world.

This film will celebrate how, by working together, we have survived this exceptionally challenging time and how we will use our learning and newfound resilience to make positive, meaningful changes in our lives and our communities.  

Still not sure? Check out these videos from local artists ⬇️

If you are interested in getting involved please complete the short registration form below ⬇️

Registration Form

    Participant Details

    Emergency Contact Details

    Workshop Selection (Note: Both Arts Award sessions must be attended)

    Which workshops do you want to attend? You can tick as many as you like.
    Writing & Performance (13th Mar)Arts Award Session 1 (20th March)Arts Award Session 2 (27th March)


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