A new performing arts organisation is on the look-out for young people to join its project, learn new skills and help enhance its quality performing arts programme.

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Live is seeking people, from ages 16 to 26, to form a steering group to give young people their say in the programming of performing arts events in the region. Members of the group will also gain skills in communication, promotion, marketing and event management.

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Live is a live theatre, music and dance programme that builds on the success of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival: an event which has taken place for 10 days at the end of May for the past 37 years.

Festival producer, Lou Davies, said: “Each year, more and more young people are getting involved in the festival, whether through putting on their own performances, helping with lighting and sound or taking advantage of half-price tickets to shows.

“Many of the performances supported by Arts Live will be aimed at young audiences and young people will be encouraged to participate in the programme as artists and promoters and to participate in workshops and masterclasses delivered by visiting performing arts organisations.

“We would like to mirror the important work of the festival in our Arts Live programme, so that young people will have their say in the kind of events we put on.

“We are also very keen to nurture the younger members of our communities who are interested in performing arts and help them gain some brand new skills.”

Anyone between the ages of 16 and 26 or anyone working with young people who is interested in finding out more about the scheme is invited to contact Lou on 01387 259627 or email her at [email protected]

Further information about the scheme can be found at www.dgartsfestival.org.uk/young-persons-steering-group

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