Festival showcases young creative talent

Young people aged between 11 and 19 can get involved in a mix of creative performances, conversations, workshops and exhibitions exploring and campaigning on issues important to young people during this year’s Creative Voice Youth Festival.

The Creative Voice Youth Festival 2018 will host events involving music, graffiti art, film, dance and visual art to celebrate and promote young people’s creative talent. This years’ issues have been taken from Hull Youth Parliament’s #makeyourmark 2018 campaign.

The event, organised by Hull City Council and its partners including Emily Koyunca, the Young Mayor, will take place from Monday 29 October to Friday 2 November.

Councillor Dave Craker, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Tourism, said: “This year’s festival showcases how young people are accessing arts in Hull and the fantastic talent they have developed by working with professional art organisations and artists and to be part of the performance and exhibitions.

“Hull City Council works hard to support and hone our local talent, ensuring they have a bright and successful future and be part of some of the most exciting creative events and festivals across the country.”

Interactive events include:
Creative Space at 69 Humber Street on Wednesday 31 October to Friday 2 November, 1 – 3.30pm. Creative workshops and exhibitions by and for young people with a Halloween theme and pumpkin trail on Wednesday, visual art on Thursday and music on Friday.

Beats Bus – music and graffiti art workshops exploring #makeyourmark issues at:
Astra Youth Centre on Tuesday 30 October, 1 – 3pm
Andrew Marvell Youth Centre on Wednesday 31 October, 1 – 3pm
Kingston Youth Centre on Thursday 1 November, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Creative Space Humber Street on Friday 2 November, 1 – 3pm

Headstart film night with Art and Photography Exhibition at Karodmah94 on Tuesday 30 October, doors open 6pm for a start 6.30 – 8.30pm. Featuring work by Kingston Youth Centre, Andrew Marvell Youth Centre, Ings Youth Centre, Rise Academy, Darley’s Youth Centre, Freedom Road Creative Arts, St Anne’s School and Goodwin Youth Team. HeadStart Hull supports young people aged 10 to 16 to improve their mental well-being and build resilience.

COOLture: Conversations at Kingston Youth Centre on Wednesday 31 October, 11am – 2pm. Share your creative work and start planning your performance for next year’s COOLture.

Creative Space at 69 Humber Street on Thursday 1 November, 12noon – 1pm. What opportunities should you be able to access? How should you progress and who should support you? What should a youth arts festival look like? How do we involve other young people? Join in the conversation and start the development of a youth arts offer!

YA Fest Halloween Creative Party at Kingston Youth Centre on Thursday 1 November, 6.30 – 8.30pm. It is party time with creative workshops, bands, inflatables, fire pits, food and lots of Halloween themed fun! Don’t forget to dress up!

Hull Dance Youth Company Experience Workshop at Hull College on Friday 2 November, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Hull Dance Youth Company gives young people the opportunity to work with professional contemporary dancers and companies and has regularly performed at regional youth dance platform Fresh as well as with National Youth Dance Company.

Also don’t miss the Northern Trilogy afternoon surprise dance performances in the city centre on Wednesday 31 October in King Edward Square and at Humber Street.

Ruth Drake, Arts Development Officer at Hull City Council, said: “Young people have really benefited from working with a range of professional arts organisations and artists and this festival is the culmination of a lot of hard work.
“We have performances, workshops and an exhibition plus films made by young people.”

Emily Koyunca, Young Mayor said: “Creative Voice Youth Arts Festival is a really important event because it is focused on young people and provides a chance for them to express themselves.”

For more information visit the ‘CreativeVoiceHull’ Facebook page or email creativevoice@hullcc.gov.uk

An exhibition showing the humble Christmas card through the years will open at the Hull History Centre next week.