Call for participants: Big Ideas - Children and Young People's Voices in Leadership event

11 December 2017

Call for participants: Big Ideas - Children and Young People's Voices in Leadership event

What is this event about?

This event will explore ways to enable young people to have a voice in cultural organisations, groups and projects. We want to share good practice from across the region to inspire a change in the way we work with young people. We believe in young people taking ownership in a meaningful and long-lasting way. Culture Bridge North East and Juice festival are co-creating the event with Team Juice, Juice Festival’s leadership team aged 16 to 25. The event itself will replicate a young people-led event,feeling like a cultural event itself rather than a conference or training session. This could involve things like music, excerpts of artworks or performances, and participatory, practical activities.

We want this to be an immersive event, but will also make sure it includes analysis of quality and impact, on organisations as well as young people, and practical unpicking of what underpins the practice. Attendees will leave  fired up about the possibilities of young people’s leadership, with practical tools and a plan to implement in their own setting.

What is Team Juice?

Juice Festival is a festival for everyone, created with children and under 25s. Traditionally taking place during October half term in venues throughout NewcastleGateshead, the festival showcases outstanding work created by, for, and with under 25s, as well as a family-friendly programme. Team Juice is a leadership group for people aged 16 to 25, which regularly meets all year round to work on Team Juice and visit other arts and culture events together. Members have a high level of commitment and responsibility, helping to plan, programme, run and deliver the Juice Festival.

Who are we looking for to be involved?

We're interested in hearing from organisations, schools, colleges, groups, and projects that have young people’s voice at the centre of what they do, in key leadership and decision-making roles. We'd love to hear from a variety of organisations and education settings taking in different art forms or focuses, geographical locations, and scales of work.

Do you work with young people in a way you think should be shared? For example, this could be a youth theatre that plans and supports productions, an art project that runs workshops, or a group that plans its own projects. As we'd like this to be an interactive event, we'd love for your practice to be shared in a creative way. This could be through a practical workshop, performance, creative presentation, or installation. Contributors to the event must involve young people in the creation and delivery of the materials shared. We want to hear from the young people themselves as well as the organisations.

The event will focus more on practice than product; we want people to talk less about what they do and more on how they’ve achieved this and why they felt it was important to do it in the first place. We want delegates to leave the day with real, tangible, practical knowledge of how they can implement young person-led practice in their organisation.


1. The date of the event is Wednesday 7th February, 2018

2. The event will run from 16.30 to 19.30 to allow young people to take part around work or education commitments. As we acknowledge young people may need to travel from a distance the groups can arrive up until 18.00 to present

3. The event venue will be Gosforth Civic Theatre

4. There is free parking on site and it's next to Regent Centre Metro Station

5. There's a budget for groups’ travel and subsistence expenses, and for any freelance facilitator costs. We cannot cover costs for staff that are salaried.

How to show your interest?

Please send an expression of interest, answering the following questions on no more than one side of A4. Please send to

1.Tell us about you and your organisation, school, college, group or project

2. Why would you like to take part in the event?

3. What initial ideas do you have of how you could share your knowledge and best practice in a creative way?

4. A detailed breakdown of financial or other support you may require e.g. travel tickets, freelance staff time, access needs.

If you work at a cultural organisation and would like to find out more about attending, please visit