Coventry City of Culture Trust is calling for local arts organisations to put themselves forward to contribute to the Youthful Cities programme, which will see Coventry forge connections with four international cities to explore the theme of youthfulness.
The organisations will each work with five young people from Coventry and five young people in each of the international partner cities; Detroit, Beirut, Bogota and Nairobi, to create a cultural exchange, to enable young people to get involved in civic change, using their creativity to change the world. The exchanges will culminate in a three-day International Summit led by the cohort of young people, that will take place in Coventry during the UK City of Culture year from May 2021 to May 2022.
The Trust is working with Positive Youth Foundation, Coventry City Council and the British Council on delivering this programme.
The Trust are also working with Canada-based organisation, Youthful Cities, to conduct research on the ‘Youthfulness’ of Coventry and the partner cities. The full report, which will be published later this year, will form the basis of the exchange programme. It will highlight a series of themes: the different challenges and global issues that young people must deal with or are concerned about in modern cities around the world.
Each exchange may explore major global themes of our day, such as the environment, homelessness and equality. Young people will be encouraged to use music, arts, spoken word and digital creativity to explore these big issues.
Applications are now open for the exchanges with Bogata, Detroit and Beirut. The Trust is looking for organisations that can demonstrate a track record in street art, music or storytelling, and are committed to giving a voice to young people
Online workshops will be held on 5th and 12th October for those who want to find out more. The applications process closes on 23rd October.