Emerge Festivals provide children and young people with the chance to be creative at the heart of their community.
Emerge is an arts festival model which is commissioned and delivered by young people across multiple sites on the same day.
The Mighty Creatives have run Emerge Programmes for several years and will be delivering the third Emerge Festival Day on 6th April 2019 across 8 Midland locations.
Emerge is funded by Spirit of 2012, this funding enables the programme to deliver 24 festivals over 3 years. Since 2016/17, these festivals have been directed by commissioned emerging young artists. Each artist works with local community and school organisation partners to make the festivals come to life in each location.
The films below and this report gives you a flavour of how it worked and what it looked like in 2015, 2017 and 2018 and this report outlines how Emerge worked and what it looked like in 2016, courtesy of our delivery partners, Platform Thirty 1.
In 2018/19, we are organising festivals in Ashfield, Boston, Cannock Chase, Dudley, Mansfield, Sandwell, South Holland, and Walsall. For more information, please contact Vanessa Oxspring, one of the Emerge Festival Project Managers.
In 2017/2018 twelve artists were commissioned to develop twelve youth-led festivals across twelve locations in the East Midlands.On the day of the twelve festivals, over 850 people took part and the festivals reached audiences of almost 3000 people.
In 16/17 we relaunched the Emerge programme with a pilot year in 4 locations (Corby, Horncastle, Tamworth, and Wolverhampton). 131 children and young people generated content for the festival.
On the day of the four festivals, 648 people took part and the festivals reached audiences of almost 3,000.
This took place over one day and used Valentines Day as a provocation for children and young people creating a vibrant variety of performance and art right across the East Midlands.
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