Bromsgrove's young people to get their own festival

By Tristan Harris Tuesday 04 February 2014 Updated: 05/02 23:10

CHILDREN and young people are being encouraged to get involved in Artrix's New Generation Festival, which will coincide with the Bromsgrove Festival, also running from June 14 to July 20.

It will be specifically aimed at providing a stage for younger artists and performers to shine on and putting on shows which interest younger audiences.

It is hoped youngsters from local schools, youth groups, dance schools, scout troops and youth theatres will all be involved, enabling them to learn new skills, develop their creativity and, where appropriate, take leadership roles.

Many activities will count towards the nationally recognised Arts Award which will be promoted and supported through the NewGenFest.

Young people involved will be encouraged to become young producers, young creatives, young curators and young choreographers so they can develop their own productions, visual arts and exhibitions.

Many Bromsgrove’s schools are already getting involved with workshops to offer students extra-curricular opportuntities in performing and visual arts.

And non-school organisations which work with young people are now being urged to get in touch to ensure as many youngsters as possible are involved.

NewGenFest is the brainchild of Artrix education and outreach co-ordinator TC Peppercorn who is organising many of the events.

She said: “It’s a very exciting time in Bromsgrove right now - the Bromsgrove Festival is becoming more inclusive in its appeal and the Artrix New Generation Festival will ensure our talented youngsters will play a key creative role.”

Funding to support activities, such as artists in residence and workshops, has come from several foundations including the William A Cadbury Trust, Saintbury Trust and the David Morgan Trust.

Any organisations or individuals wanting to find out more about being involved in the New Generation Festival can contact TC Peppercorn at outreach@artrix.co.uk or follow @NewGenFest on Twitter.

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