A case study on how an arts centre has increased the involvement of young people in its production and performances. Twenty or so young people aged 14 to 25 design, produce and programme events and festivals, ranging from music gigs to dance and film.
The producers have transformed 100%. What started out as an event designed by professional adults is now our most established participatory project for young people. Currently we do not pay performers or producers − as there are so many people involved in creating each event the ticket price would have to be too high. We are now working out how we can support young people who want to ‘go professional’ to earn money from their skills, teach others and build their own projects.