Young Europeans: Open Call for Young Creatives
What do you know about the European Union? A lot? Not so much?
Imagine. What would happen if it wasn’t there? How would it affect the place you live? How would your daily life change?
And how would it FEEL? Would it change your sense of identity? Would it change how you feel about the UK? Does the idea of more borders and boundaries even make sense, now the internet allows us to chat with someone from the other side of the world as easily as chatting to a neighbour?
As the European Referendum draws closer, we are looking for young people aged 15-23 who want to think about what Europe means—from Eurovision, football teams and pen pals to borders, identity, migration and human rights—and then to respond creatively.
Don’t worry if you feel like you don’t know that much about the EU—you’ll have the opportunity to meet some EU experts (including an MEP and pro and anti-union academics) and you’ll be supported by writer Susannah Pickering who will lead each session. But what we really want from you is to think creatively about all the issues and eventually produce a piece of work in response to what you have learned which will be performed at an event at Sage Gateshead on Thursday 16 June, a week before the referendum. It might be a spoken word performance, a talk, a song, a reading – it’s up to you. You’ll work with Susannah who will help you shape your ideas into a final piece, and with a director who’ll help you get your piece performance-ready.
The work produced will form part of the pre-Referendum conversation and, who knows, may even change a few minds.
Find out more about the project and how to apply here.