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The Festival of Hope took place in Summer and Autumn 2020. It was produced by young people working across six locations with five museum partners:

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Winsford - West Cheshire Museums Festival of Hope page

Blaze Arts and the Connectors Commissions

To coincide with Black History Month, a national celebration that aims to promote and celebrate Black contributions to British society, we are pleased to launch two new commissions, as part of the youth led Festival of Hope, that celebrate and demonstrate overlooked, hidden or untold stories of Black contributions to British society from across the North West.

The Festival of Hope Story

The Festival of Hope is one of just 12 projects across the UK to be named a finalist in the ‘Best Arts Project’ category of the Hearts for the Arts Awards 2021, presented annually by the National Campaign for the Arts (NCA). These awards celebrate the unsung heroes of Local Authorities, who are championing the arts against all odds.

Produced by Blaze, this entirely young people powered programme celebrates creativity, heritage and diversity.

The Festival of Hope is a pioneering festival that places young people at the heart of design, making, programming and production.

The Festival of Hope young producers wanted to reflect the times they were living in.

The young producers across five sites had been working hard before Covid-19 on shaping their festivals and reacted positively to the pandemic. Taking elements of their festival to distance delivery in one centralised festival that happened in Summer and Autumn 2020 – Hope at home!

Festival activities took place in many forms through online and offline programming that was interactive, engaging and supported communities. Proving young people are adaptable, creative thinkers, problem solvers and trail blazers.

Hope means lots of things to different people. What does hope mean to young people? What about the past makes them hopeful for the future? How do we want to document this moment in History?

Now more than ever people need Hope in their lives. The young producers are interested in connecting people during lockdown showing physical distancing doesn’t mean social distance.

A varied programme where the past and present collide. A catalyst for museums to work differently with young people with the aim to challenge, provoke and disrupt the norm.

The Festival of Hope supports and empowers the next generation of creative producers. By showing that young people are truly agents of change, experience the amazing things that happen when they have the power to create their own culture.

This project is funded by the Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players.

Heritage Fund LogoThis project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players.

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