Young ideas wanted for fes­ti­val

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

ARE you in­ter­ested in the arts, live shows and per­for­mances?

Would you like to get more in­volved and have your voice heard?

The or­gan­is­ers of Rochdale Literature & Ideas Fes­ti­val are on the look­out for young peo­ple aged 16 to 25 to take part in a pi­o­neer­ing scheme that will see them at­tend a wide range of shows and other events, en­abling them to in­flu­ence which guests are in­vited to ap­pear at the fes­ti­val in 2019.

The fes­ti­val’s Gen­er­a­tion Z team is work­ing with a pro­ducer from Manch­ester’s renowned Con­tact Theatre and will se­lect three young peo­ple to work with over the com­ing months.

They’ll re­ceive sup­port and ex­pert guid­ance whilst ex­pe­ri­enc­ing shows and work­shops be­fore learn­ing about how they’re put to­gether.

The fes­ti­val will lis­ten to the young pro­ducer’s views and opin­ions and use th­ese to in­flu­ence pro­duc­tion de­ci­sions at next year’s fes­ti­val.

Coun Janet Em­s­ley, cabi­net mem­ber for neigh­bour­hoods, community and cul­ture, said: “We’ve loads of tal­ent in our bor­ough and this re­ally is a great chance to be amongst the first to take part in an ex­cit­ing new scheme which will help young peo­ple bring their ideas to re­al­ity in 2019.”

To reg­is­ter your in­ter­est email rochdale.lit­fest@ rochdale.gov.uk by noon on Septem­ber 17.

The fes­ti­val takes place from Oc­to­ber 15-22, with more than 35 events in 15 venues.

Head­line acts in­clude poet Simon Ar­mitage CBE, tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter and triath­lete Louise Minchin, ac­tress, au­thor and pre­sen­ter Baroness Floella Ben­jamin OBE, au­thor and poet Ger­vase Phinn and a ‘Gen­er­a­tion Z’ pro­gramme for young peo­ple aged 14 to 25.

For the full line-up and to book tick­ets visit rochdalelit­er­a­turefes­ti­val. co.uk

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