Celebrate The Creativity Of
Young People At The 2018 Now Festival
THE talent, creativity and diversity of
young people across Merseyside will be celebrated when the Now Festival returns
to the Epstein Theatre.
With at least 1 in every 10 young people suffering with poor mental health, and
the huge pressures facing education at the moment, this festival gives young
people the opportunity to have their voices heard on these important issues.
The 2018 festival takes place at the Theatre, from Tuesday, 30 January 2017 to
Friday, 2 February 2017, where local children and young people will showcase
live performances and films devised around the theme of My Education, My Mental
Now was founded in 2015 by festival director Kath Thompson as part of her work
with the RAISE mental health team at Merseyside Youth Association.
She was inspired by her previous work teaching performing arts in South Africa,
where she saw the empowering effect festivals had on the young people who got
The festival aims to engage young people in creative discussions around the
topic of mental health. Previous festival themes have been Mental Health and
Technology, and Mental Health and Children's Rights, with those taking part
devising a piece of dance, drama or film.
In 2018, the opening night will be a 'Now Festival Sefton'
featuring performances from young people across the borough, while there is also
representation from Wirral in the 2018 event.
And MD Productions' Girl Talk will write a new song around the topic which will
be combined with a drama.
Kath Thompson says:- "The festival is going from strength to strength. We
want to see it continue to be an annual event in Liverpool and see the model
rolled out in all cities, getting young people using the creative arts to talk
about mental health. 1 of the most exciting elements is taking them on the road
after the festival. It's really powerful when you get young people talking to
other young people and sharing their experiences."
Theatre Manager Rebekah Pichilingi said:- "We are delighted the Now
Festival is back for another year! The work accomplished through the festival is
remarkable, which explores a wide range of crucial issues that young people face
today. We cannot wait to welcome the festival back to The Epstein Theatre and
urge you to show your support and book your tickets."
The Now Young People's Arts Festival is hosted by Merseyside Youth Association
in partnership with Liverpool CAMHS, Liverpool Cultural Education Partnership,
and the Arts Council.
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