Young people encouraged to filter Birmingham culture

By on 27/04/2011 in Culture, News

A new website giving young people access to information and listings across arts, sport and heritage events and activities in Birmingham is to be launched next month. is an online portal designed to give young people information on what's happening across the city's cultural sector. With the ability to search by geographic location and event type, users can get access to hundreds of activities, projects and showcases in Birmingham.

Pitched as “Your route to a Creative Future”, Filter Me aims to engage with young people, up to the age of 24, that have an active interest in the arts. The site will list everything from exhibitions and events, to workshops and seminars; in addition to exclusive vouchers and competitions. It will also include 'early years' and family friendly events, making it an ideal resource for parents wishing to engage their children in the arts from an early age.

Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Councillor Martin Mullaney, said:
“Birmingham is a cultural capital and Filter Me effectively signposts the wide ranging cultural offer across the city, helping young people to find out what's going on and where. The site will include information and listings on hundreds of events; from art exhibitions and craft workshops, to dance classes and heritage tours.
“The purpose of Filter Me is to make the arts more accessible to people from across the whole of Birmingham. This means that as well as the larger, better known organisations and locations, we're also connecting with small and very local community centres and arts groups. The site relies on organisations uploading their own information, which means that they can communicate directly to the young participants through the site.”   

Filter Me was born out of the Creative Future initiative, which brings together strategic partners who aim to increase access to and raise the quality of arts activities for 0-19 year olds. Following the launch of Creative Future II, an extension of the programme that looks at giving young people from across the wider cultural sector the chance to progress, Filter Me was created. The project is being led by the Gallery 37 Foundation and Birmingham City Council and will launch on 11th April 2011, with a series of promotional events across the city.

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