UPrising 2017: Young people challenging ideas and igniting change in the arts

This Saturday (15 July) Gulbenkian will host Uprising, a one-day festival event focussing on the biggest challenges young people are currently facing, including mental health and wellbeing, employment and education. The event has been planned and delivered by the ART31 Youth Board, a Kent wide group based at Gulbenkian.

Audience members will come together with young people, creative industry professionals and artists to challenge ideas and ignite change in the arts, through panel discussions, Q&As and workshops.

Panel speakers include Darren Henley (Chief Executive, Arts Council England), writer and poet Dean Atta, MC and rapper Envy, ex-Anonymous hacker Jake Davis and more, alongside young people and members of the ART31 Youth Board.

Alongside the discussion, there are animation, music, rap and dance workshops, with artists such as Matthew Bourne, New Adventures & Re:Bourne. Throughout the day there’ll be spoken word, music, dance and theatre performances, including an Acrojou double-bill, All At Sea and its brand-new sequel, Vessel. 

The evening will also feature the ART31 Awards ceremony, where young people will be presented with awards of £500, recognising their achievements in the arts. 

ART31 is a movement, empowering 13-25 year olds across Kent and giving them access to artistic opportunities as well as teaching them creative skills. The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from locations all over Kent, who have organised UPrising. The event will also involve ART31’s technical theatre and film strands, TECH31 and SCREEN31, ensuring that the event is run by young people from start to finish.

UPrising will be at Gulbenkian on Saturday 15 July. For more information and tickets please visit www.art31.co.uk or call the Gulbenkian Tickets and Info team on 01227 769075.