Festivals embracing collaboration as part of Scotland's Year of Young People 2018
- Arusa Qureshi
- 1 February 2018
Write Here Write Now Festival, BIG Takeover, Futureproof, Las! Ignite! and more hand over the creative reins to people aged 8–26
Having spent the past year delving deep into the country's fascinating history, rich heritage and compelling archaeology, Scotland now turns its attention to young people. As part of the Scottish Government's programme of themed years, the Year of Young People provides a unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on the achievements and talents of Scotland's younger generation, with a packed programme of events, festivals and activities designed to draw attention to the young personalities that make Scotland the entrepreneurial, innovative and creative nation that it is today.
This year will not only focus on celebrating the local and global contributions of people aged 8–26, it also aims to create a platform to encourage discussion, collaboration and a continued involvement in arts, culture, sport and other activities. The year-long events programme has been co-designed by young people and the events sector; highlights include special strands such as Glasgow International Comedy Festival's School of Stand-up, Edinburgh International Film Festival's The Young and the Wild series, and Write Here Write Now Festival, an exciting new Renfrewshire-based festival for young writers.
The BIG Takeover is another new event on the calendar, featuring a three-day programme of activities co-designed by Shetland youngsters. Neil Watt, executive manager of sport and leisure at Shetland Islands Council, is excited by the vast array of ideas that they have brought to the table already. 'I think it's a good idea to have young people involved in the programming of projects as they can provide new and different perspectives that challenge the status quo, which ultimately helps to develop a more inclusive and broader range of offerings to the general public,' Watt says. 'In addition, I believe that adults and young people working together will help to promote better understanding and more positive working relationships between the generations.'