Participants sought for Youth Arts Forum

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The Arts Council is seeking people aged 12 to 18 to take part in a Youth Arts Forum.

The forum will launch with an event being broadcast live from the Youth Arts Centre.

The Arts Council has worked with the Department of Education and Children to formulate the Island of Culture youth engagement programme, with schools so far being involved in writing workshops from author Chris Ewan and dance workshops from Qdos Creates, as well as projects at individual schools such as fashion shows and photography competitions.

The Youth Arts Forum will become part of the wide range of creative activities already on offer at the DEC’s Youth Arts Centre and will provide a link for young people to help shape the Arts Council’s future policy for youth arts in the Isle of Man.

It is intended that the forum will continue into the future and become part of the legacy of Island of Culture. This activity will be a Children’s University learning destination and the invitation to join the forum will be extended via secondary school councils.

The launch event will take place 4pm-6pm on March 20 at the Youth Arts Centre, Kensington Road, Douglas.

Anyone interested in joining can attend to find out more about what is involved and sign up to become a member of the forum.

Fiona Helleur, head of youth arts at the DEC, said: ‘Our aim has always been to reflect the attitudes, ideas and dreams of young people.

‘We create a vibrant environment for learning that is uniquely anchored in the arts, celebrating experimentation, expression and discovery, nurturing artistic talent and developing leaders who will draw on their creativity to enrich society.

‘We hope the Youth Arts Forum will become the voice of young people in the Isle of Man taking charge of where they want the arts to go in the future.’

For further information about the forum and the launch event, telephone 694598 or email

The forum is sponsored by Manx Telecom.

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