Emerge: Festivals

Emerge Festivals provide children and young people with the chance to be creative at the heart of their community.

What is an Emerge Festival?

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.

Emerge 2018

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.

Emerge 2017

“It feels like we’ve made it. The performances are ours."

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.

Emerge 2015

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.

Meet the Emerge Artists

We caught up with some of the Emerge Artists during one...
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