23-28 NOVEMBER 2020

Your future, your voice! >>> Engage Works is an online programme for young people exploring creative career pathways and activism.

It has been coordinated in partnership with the Norwich 2040 Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP), with support from Festival Bridge and Norwich University of the Arts, and is open to young people across Norfolk.

If you have any questions about the programme please get in touch.



Tuesday 24 November | 11am

Zoom Webinar

Suitable for ages 11-25

Your chance to hear from, and ask questions to creative professionals. With representatives from theatre, music and visual arts. Hosted by Norwich University of the Arts.


Genevieve Rudd – Freelance Community Artist from Great Yarmouth

Joseph Connolly – A British/Irish actor and writer from the Fens.

Sam Coe – Freelance Musician and Facilitator, and founded The Wharf Ltd

Owen Mathers – Freelance Illustrator specialising in live illustration and architecture


Wednesday 25 November | 5-6.30pm

The Good, The Bad and The Poetry: Making a creative career with Lewis Buxton

Zoom Webinar

Suitable for ages 14+

Join Lewis Buxton for a talk about how to develop a career in the arts. Part poetry, part workshop and part panel discussion with other early career creative professionals, Lewis will cover everything: emails and villanelles, budgets and bad gigs, invoices and supporting young voices. There will be chances to get involved or just sit back and listen. If you have questions about getting started with a creative career, this is the space to ask them.


Lewis Buxton – Poet, performer & arts producer

Nick Murray – Producer, composer and artist making interactive sonic and narrative work

Maria Uzor – Musician with Sink Ya Teeth

Hosted by Beth Gaffney from the YNA Collective


Starting Wednesday 25 November – 16 December (4 weeks) | 7-9pm | with Norwich Theatre

Suitable for ages 16-25

In these practical sessions, we will look at playwrights who use their platform for activism and social change, and discover ways that activist theatre has the potential to inspire change in the community.

On this online four-week programme, you will work with professional theatre makers to explore and develop your knowledge of Performance Activism. Through practical sessions we will discuss the potential of creating new work in 2021 – what would it take to stage a revolution?

Places are limited. If you are interested in joining please email stagetwo@norwichtheatre.org


Thursday 26 November | 5-6.30pm | with Norwich Millennium Library

Suitable for ages 11-25

With social and racial inequalities thrown into sharp relief by recent world events, join the debate and add your voice to the many fighting for a fairer world. Create a zine as a direct response to this theme, using a whole range of DIY methods: folding, collage, cut and paste, anything goes! No previous creative skills are required.

We’ll also be looking at Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights – a British Library exhibition exploring how feminist activism in the UK has its roots in the complex history of women’s rights. With support from the British Library’s Living Knowledge Network, Norfolk Libraries have created an online exhibition showing Norfolk’s role in the long struggle for equality for women.

Free to attend. The session will take place via Zoom, places are limited so please register in advance.


Friday 27 November | 5-6.30pm | with writer Daisy Henwood

Suitable for ages 11-25

In this workshop, we’ll think about how writing is a vital part of activism. We’ll explore how reading and writing are not just accompaniments to activism, but actions in and of themselves, because activism is about communicating – changing people’s minds, getting people on side, stirring up people’s emotions. We’ll read some work by activist writers, and write about issues we want to engage with. There’ll be an opportunity to discuss and share work, and think not just about what you want to say, but how you want to say it.

Daisy Henwood is a writer, arts producer, and tutor. Her work is interested in land, climate change, and reading/writing as ways of connecting with the natural world. She loves Rebecca Solnit and the Norfolk countryside.

Free to attend. The session will take place via Zoom, places are limited so please register in advance.


Saturday 28 November | 2-3.30pm | with Young Activist Network

Suitable for ages 11-25

Is there only one way to make change happen? Join Young Activists who will share their creative activism and hope to inspire you to think of different ways you can achieve change.

We will explore examples from photography and dance, poetry and creative writing, and inspired by issues such as climate change, body image and racism. We’ll look at the issues that are most important to you, and use this as inspiration to design our own creative activism.

The Young Activist Network connects and supports young activists and youth-led organisations working for social justice in Norfolk and beyond.

Free to attend. The session will take place via Zoom, places are limited so please register in advance.

Where can I go to find out more about activism in Norwich and Norfolk?

Young Activist Network connects and support young activists and youth-led organisations working for social justice in Norfolk and beyond. Find out more

Extinction Rebellion is a politically non-partisan international movement that uses non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act justly on the Climate Emergency.​ Find out more about XR Youth Norwich

Want your voice heard? Want to make a difference? The YAB is open to all young people aged 11-19 (up to 25 with a disability) who live or study in Norwich. Find out more

In solidarity, bringing together local news, updates and resources on #BlackLivesMatter movements across Norwich and the region. Find out more

Angry about discrimination and campaigning for change. Celebrating diversity and challenging inequality. For anyone aged 14 – 25 and in Norfolk. Find out more

Norwich Pride has one mission: to ensure that we live in a city where everyone can feel safe and proud to be themselves. Find out more


Young Norfolk Arts Trust is a charity which uses all its income to provide life changing opportunities for young people across Norfolk. Every project and activity is offered to children and young people for free, including our yearly festival programme. Support us by donating what you can…