Spaces to Belong to: Youth and Culture Conference 2017

Register for this conference now by visiting our event page here.

Young people’s perspectives on culture, identity and cultural participation on the island of Ireland today

CRAIC Youth GroupThe Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland and Queen’s University Belfast are delighted to host a conference entitled ‘Spaces To Belong To’ on Friday 15th September 2017 at the Brian Friel Theatre, Queen’s University Belfast, N. Ireland. This event will explore young people’s perspectives on culture, identity and cultural participation on the island of Ireland to-day. Cultural participation is defined here as the involvement of young people (ages 12-25) in artistic, sporting, social and other leisure activities. This encompasses both state-funded and non-state funded youth activities.

The conference will include shout-outs from young people aged 16+ and presentations from researchers, policymakers, and community, youth and arts and cultural workers who engage with young people (ages 12 – 25) from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The keynote address will be delivered by Colin Bradie, Time to Shine Programme Manager at Creative Scotland, and young leaders from the Scottish National Youth Arts Advisory Group (formerly Youth Arts Voice Scotland). The day will end with a discussion about how topics and insights from the conference might be translated into further action.

We hope that together we can:

Share new perspectives about the role of cultural participation in young people’s lives

  • Provide a chance for young people to discuss ideas and experiences about cultural participation with professionals whose work affects them
  • Provide an opportunity for those attending to meet, exchange ideas, and learn from one another

Registration is free and a light lunch will be provided. Please note some permission requirements for young people when registering.

This event is curated by Molly Goyer Gorman for the Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland. It is made possible by the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, Queen’s University Belfast. For more information, please contact Victoria Durrer, Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy at: v.durrer@qub.ac.uk.

Conference made possible by the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, Queen’s University Belfast.