Digital Arts Fest 2021

Running from February – May 2021, Lancashire Youth Challenge, More Music & Prop Up Project helped young people unlock their creativity by working with professionals, creating new work and completing a Bronze Arts Award qualification.

By working with highly skilled culturally diverse and working class, professional artists, theatre makers, musicians, spoken word artists and filmmakers, young people made [ART] to find their [PLACE] and get their [VOICE HEARD] in an exciting new digital Arts Award Festival, supported by Arts Council England.

Phase 1 – Creative Experimentation Workshops

These FREE online workshops were designed to inspire and challenge young people to create new work that celebrates ideas of identity, place, and vision for the future in a post COVID world.

They worked with Blue Saint (Spoken Word, Rap & Poetry), Nathan Powell (Theatre Making), Hannah Whitlow (Visual Arts), Briggsy (Mobile Phone Film Making), Angela Chan (Music) and Nathaniel Hall (Writing & Performance).

Blue Saint: / Nathan Powell: / Hannah Whitlow: / Briggsy: / Angela Chan: / Nathaniel Hall:

Phase 2 – Bronze Arts Award Programme

Over an intensive 2-day period, 10 young people worked with a number of professional artists and facilitators to explore art, culture and creativity via the Arts Award programme.

They took part in arts workshops, explored a number of events and performances, including the re-staged exhibition ‘voices’ from GRAFT, learnt about professionals they admired and shared a creative skill with peers.

Find out more about Arts Award here. Watch this short film for more information about this exciting qualification:

Phase 3 – Film Making

The final element of the Digital Arts Festival was to make a film about hope. Facilitated by professional writers and film makers, young people developed a script and storyboard, shot scenes and supported editing. This film captures their individual and group experiences of life during COVID-19, with a focus on what we have all learnt about ourselves, each other, and the wider world.

The film celebrates 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. ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️

Also, why not check out these tutorials videos from local artists we produced during lockdown ⬇️