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Festival on lookout for young producers

05 September 2018

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Are you interested in the arts, live shows and performances? Would you like to get more involved and have your voice heard?

The organisers of Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival are on the lookout for young people aged 16 to 25 to take part in a pioneering scheme that will see them attend a wide range of shows and other events, enabling them to influence which guests are invited to appear at the festival in 2019. 

The festival's Generation Z team is working with a producer from Manchester's renowned Contact Theatre, and will select 3 young people to work with over the coming months. They'll receive support and expert guidance whilst experiencing shows and workshops before learning about how they're put together. The festival will listen to the young producer's views and opinions and use these to influence production decisions at Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival 2019.

'Help young people bring their ideas to reality'

Councillor Janet Emsley, our Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Community and Culture said:

"We've loads of talent in our borough and this really is a great chance to be amongst the first to take part in an exciting new scheme, which will help young people bring their ideas to reality in 2019".

Register your interest

To register your interest, email rochdale.litfest@rochdale.gov.uk by 12noon on Monday, 17 September 2018. You'll just need to provide your name and contact details so we can send you an application form.

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Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival

Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival returns next month from Monday, 15 October 2018 to Monday, 22 October 2018. There are over 35 events in 15 venues during the festival, plus preview events earlier in October 2018.

The festival features poet Simon Armitage CBE, television presenter and triathlete Louise Minchin, actress, author and presenter Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE, author and poet Gervase Phinn and a 'Generation Z' programme for young people aged 14-25.

The festival is aimed at celebrating and promoting the Maskew Collection of classic literature and philosophy at Rochdale Central Library, encouraging people to engage with books and ideas. Annie and Frank Maskew, a Rochdale couple who shared a passion for reading and thinking, met in Rochdale Library in the 1950s and left a sum of money to be used on resources and events related to literature and philosophy to ensure classic works are available for future generations.

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