In October we hosted our first conference! A day of exploring youth engagement in the arts, the event was a partnership with the National Centre for Writing who brought learning and themes from their Engage! programme.

The event was held at Anteros Arts Centre and brought together young people, arts organisations and practitioners for a day of lively debate, workshops and performances. The YNA team felt the day succeeded in creating a platform for both young people and organisations to come together in an accessible space, to have fun, to discuss and to share ideas. There was a great level of energy and engagement throughout the day, and we look forward to building on this with similar events in 2020.


  • What Works: workshopping best practice in youth arts, designing the perfect arts centre
  • Rural Access: exploring the barriers to engagement for those living outside of Norwich
  • How Not to Write a Poem: creative writing and facilitation
  • Arts and Wellbeing: creative activity using textiles and natural found objects, with an open space to discuss the impacts the arts can have on health and wellbeing
  • Desiging the ‘perfect’ youth programme!
  • Norwich 2040 Vision mapping
  • Arts and Activism with Young Activist Network

Performances from young performers Levi Milsom, Katie Stockton and Ellie Reeves.

A huge thank you to everyone who attended and particularly to the organisations and practioners who helped us to deliver the day: Genevieve Rudd, Lewis Buxton, Roxanne Matthews, Hannah and Vicki from the National Centre for Writing, Michael Corley from Festival Bridge, Young Activist Network and MAP.

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