Coventry City of Culture Trust is calling for local arts organisations to put themselves forward for a new programme which will see Coventry forge connections with four international cities.

It is called the Youthful Cities programme, and the Trust are looking for organisations to 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.

The plan is that this will help 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 young people, and 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.

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



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If you think this might be you, online workshops will be held on October 12 for those who want to find out more.

The applications process closes on October 23.

Titi Dawudu, youthfulness programme manager at Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “This is an incredible opportunity for the artistic organisations of Coventry.

Working with young people and with those from different parts of the world can open doors and create meaningful and long-lasting collaborations.”

Chenine Bhathena, of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “Coventry is a youthful city in every way. It is one of the UK’s youngest cities with an average age of 32, compared to the current UK average of 41, we are told that the UK hasn’t been 32 since the 1970s.

“But our city’s youthfulness is about more than just our age. Every movement in our city throughout history involved young people. From the invention of electronic music, to Two-tone to pioneering Theatre in Education.

She added: “This programme will promote the voices of our younger population, leaving behind a lasting legacy of change for Coventry and our partner cities.”

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 relating to the different challenges and global issues that young people must deal with or are concerned about in modern cities around the world.

Go to www.coventry2021.co.uk/jobs to apply.





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