Celebration of youth arts marks start of new cultural year

By on 13/01/2017 in Culture, News, Partnerships

A free arts showcase celebrating the creativity of our city’s young people – and launching 2017 as the Year of South Asian Arts and Culture – takes place in Birmingham next week.

The event, which will be held at the Library of Birmingham’s Studio Theatre on Wednesday (18 January), will feature dance, drama, music and spoken word performances celebrating the collective achievements of 2016, which was the Year of Arts and Young People (YAY16).

Over 100 different events (including 18 council supported projects) took place across the city during YAY16 such as Beatfreeks’ Verbalise, the Gallery 37 showcase, and Hundreds and Thousands a scheme for the ‘digital generation’ of 5 to 25-year-olds – all of which provided opportunities for young people across the city.

This celebratory event, which takes place between 6pm and 10pm, has been designed to mark the creative achievements by our arts organisations and young people as part of the Year of Arts and Young People 2016.

Created in partnership with Southside Producers – a team of young arts producers – it will also feature at 6.40pm the launch 2017’s arts programme, Utsav (a word derived from Sanskrit, which means a festival or celebration), focusing on South Asian arts and culture.

Young people will continue to play a role in this year’s events: one forthcoming project – Visualise – will see secondary school pupils working with Birmingham-based artists to create works based on South Asian arts, for a city-wide exhibition in the summer.

To book a place at this celebratory event, visit the Eventbrite website to register and download your free ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/yay16-closing-celebration-evening-tickets-29793238378?aff=ehomecard

Attendees will also be able to discover further arts opportunities in 2017 and get a 20 per cent discount on all food and drink at Marmalade.

For more information about the YAY16 closing event visit: https://yay16.wordpress.com/


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