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Guide to Hull’s Creative Voice Youth Arts Festival next month

Young people aged between 11 and 19 years old can get involved in a mix of creative performances, discussions, workshops and exhibitions issues during this year’s Creative Voice Youth Festival.

Running Friday 3 to Saturday 4 November from 12noon to 9pm both days in the Princes Quay ground floor event space, Creative Voice Youth Arts Festival 2023 will invite young people to get involved in various free activities.

Creative Voice is a youth arts initiative led by Hull City Council Arts Development and Youth Development Service. The teams work in partnership with Artlink and Hull Dance, who are supporting dance elements of the festival, with their Move Together programme. This is supported by the Smile Foundation I AM Fund and Youth Arts Takeover.

Councillor Rob Pritchard, portfolio holder for culture and leisure, said:

“The Creative Voice Youth Arts Festival gives young people a chance to see how they can access a range of arts in Hull, whilst showcasing some of our fantastic local talent across the industry.

“The council works hard to support this talent, offering opportunities far and wide for Hull’s young people to be part of.”

Events taking place over the festival include:

Friday 3 November


Exhibition Launch – ‘What Makes You Happy?’

3D-printed exhibition with augmented reality by artist Anna Bean and young people from Astra and Ainthorpe Youth Centres, This Ability Goodwin Trust, Artlink Explorers Young People in Care Project and NICE.


Fun, drop-in workshops including wearable art and sustainable fashion, screenprinting, drama, contemporary dance, Hull Zine Library, songwriting, circus skills and more.

Young People’s Performance Sharing with a focus on drama and dance. Performances from professional dance company LOOP with JoinedUp Dance Company Young Contemporaries, Ainthorpe Youth Centre, Pragnya Indian Dance, Max Life Dance Company, Wolfpack Theatre, Freedom Road Creative Arts, and Youth Aspire Connect.

Saturday 4 November


Panel discussion with young people, NHS support workers, and creatives in Hull on the importance of arts in supporting mental health.


Fun, drop-in workshops including wearable art and sustainable fashion, screenprinting,  Afrobeats dance, DJ Mixing, music studio, Hull Zine Library, street theatre and more.


Screening of films and animations made by young people and local artists and filmmakers about issues that are important to them around art and mental health.


Young People’s Performance Sharing with a focus on music. Performances from Music Lab, Freedom Road Creative Arts, Layman and Noble, Young Women’s DJ Group and Humber Drum Circles.

Find out more about Creative Voice and get involved in the conversation at X (Twitter) and Facebook.

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