Welcome to the October Intermission. We reveal details of In The Making:a Youth Theatre Practice Symposium. Find out about our upcoming Child Protection Awareness Training and read an important update on the Children First legislation. The IGNITE Youth Theatre Festival will be back in 2018; we announce how youth theatres can get involved in the performance strand. Catch up on the very latest youth theatre news in addition to funding, international and other opportunities.
Join us in Limerick to share, learn and network with other youth theatre practitioners. This year’s symposium will focus on making theatre with young people. It will consider the unique and particular artistic practices, challenges and ways of sharing which inspire how we make work in youth theatres. Bookings will open on 11 October. Read more.
**Important information impacting all youth theatres **
On 2nd October the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, announced that as of 11th December 2017 all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015 will commence. These provisions include mandatory reporting of child abuse by certain professionals and the legal obligation on organisations to prepare a Child Safeguarding Statement. Read More.
A Child Protection Awareness Programme training will take place on Saturday 11 November. This is the ideal opportunity for new youth theatre leaders to become more familiar with the area of welfare and child protection. Existing leaders can also refresh their understanding and knowledge. There will be updates on the very latest developments on the day. Closing date for bookings is 03 November. More.
After a successful pilot in 2016, the IGNITE Youth Theatre Festival is returning to the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College in August 2018. The festival will offer youth theatres a valuable opportunity to experience and learn from each others’ production-based work and to showcase quality youth theatre productions at a national level. If you would like your production to be showcased at IGNITE, let us know. We want to start seeing productions NOW!Read more.
Youth Theatre Ireland is delighted to announce the launch of Centre Stage +20, a research project which aims to generate a detailed picture of current youth theatre activity in Ireland and to determine the key priorities for the future development of youth theatre.
Our very first Centre Stage +20 contact with affiliated youth theatres will be the Census Week which will take place from 24 – 30 November. More.
The deadline has been extended for youth theatres to apply for financial support towards a production of Agóid. In 2016, Youth Theatre Ireland and Axis: Ballymun were funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland to commission a bi-lingual play as a response to the 1916 commemorations. The result of this commission was Agóid, a play about protest in Irish and English by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú. More.
A reminder the Young Critics will be sharing their insights and views on Dublin Theatre Festival productions on Sunday at the Project Arts Centre. More.
Welcome to Mountrath and Playacting Youth Theatres
A warm welcome to Mountrath Youth Theatre (Co Laois) and Playacting Youth Theatre (Celbridge, Co Kildare) who recently affiliated. It’s fantastic to have more young people from Laois and Kildare involved in youth theatre. We look forward to working with them and their dedicated leaders over the coming years!
Galway Community Circus have a busy Autumn ahead with a series of Labs planned on street art, robotics and processional performance. They have also been participating in Wires Crossed; a four-year European project on circus arts and well-being. Read More.
Mayo Youth Theatre are participating in A Meeting of Minds; a series of masterclasses. Tom Swift will focus on site specific theatre, Liam Halligan on Stanislavski while John Delaney will look at The Actor and The Audience. Find Out More.
Congratulations to County Carlow Youth Theatre who have received a Creative Ireland Grant to create a new piece with their younger group. Youth theatre member, John Sutton, was selected as County Carlow’s Culture Ambassador for Culture Night. Read More.
Wicklow’s newest youth theatre, the recently established Mr. Sands, is delighted to have been accepted to take part in the National Theatre Connections Festival. Their chosen play is called The Changing Room by Chris Bush. Find Out More.
Complex Youth Theatre (Dublin 7) are holding an open workshop on Saturday 07 October. New members aged 14 – 19 are welcome. It takes place at The Complex, Little Green Street from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.Read More.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND MORE
Local Authority Grants
A number of Local Authorities have upcoming deadlines for arts and community grants. They include Dublin City Council who have both arts and community grants on offer. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown have deadlines for their arts and community grants in October. Limerick Culture and Arts Office are accepting applications for International Mobility Awards.
The Charities Regulatory Authority has published ‘Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public’. If your youth theatre is a registered charity and you’re involved in fundraising from the public, then you can find out more by downloading the guidelines.
NYCI’s National Youth Health Programme is partnering with Mental Health First Aid Ireland to deliver this training to the youth sector. The aim is to increase the knowledge, skills and capacity of participants to support those suffering mental health problems. Read more.
Equality 17 Consensus Conference is the highlight of a year-long campaign to support young people to become involved in actions and initiatives that build equality and make Ireland a fairer society for all. The conference will bring together expert speakers, equality based organisations and will provide a space for delegates to learn, connect and get involved in issues that affect them. More.
An International Children and Youth Theatre Festival-laboratory Little Melpomene will take place from 10 – 13 May 2018. The organisers are seeking five international groups of up to 12 actors aged 14 – 20, plus 2 leaders. Deadline for applications: 30 October. More information.
BiTriMulti (BTM) – Multilateral Training Course for newcomers in youth exchanges, 20 – 24 February, Ireland.
The aim of the BiTriMulti course is to offer an international learning experience for practitioners active in the youth work field, enabling them to develop their competences in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects. Deadline: 01 December. More
ONLINE TRAINING: MOOCyouth – Erasmus+ funding opportunities (KA1&KA3), 10 – 20 November.
This MOOC will equip participants with the basic knowledge and understanding on how to use Erasmus+ funding opportunities. You can join this training up until 10 November. More