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What is the Festival of Hope? A publication

Blaze Arts and the Connector’s Black History Month Commissions

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.

At this moment in time nothing in the world is the same as it was before the crisis. The Festival of Hope young producers want to reflect this.

The young producers across five sites had been working hard for the past six months on shaping their festivals and are now responding to the current pandemic. Taking elements of their festival to distance delivery in one centralised festival that will happen in Summer 2020 – Hope at home!

Festival activities will take many forms through online and offline programming that is interactive, engaging and supports our 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.

The Festival of Hope will take place physically in all five sites when it is safe to do so, each shaped by the young people that live there.

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 will support and empower 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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