Girlguiding Greater Manchester West
Girlguiding Greater Manchester West

TaY Festival (Truth about Youth)

For two weeks in July 2012 the Royal Exchange Theatre in partnership with The Co-operative Foundation are creating a youth-led festival to showcase the exciting work of young people in Greater Manchester. Of course no festival would be complete without its own iconic poster image, photography exhibition, show stopping performances or fabulous fashion accessories, and so as part of our plans we are looking for short films, photographs, performances, comedy sets, poster designs and exciting craft creations from young people – come and help us make this two weeks to remember! 

The Truth about Youth programme inspires young people across Britain to undergo their own revolutions to change their world for the better. The Co-operative is funding charitable projects that enable young people to challenge and change negative perceptions about their age group by supporting projects which enable them to work with adults, the media and wider community.

The deadline for all applications is Friday 20 April 2012.

To download application forms please click on the files below.


FILM... POPCORN PREMIERES!Are you the next Danny Boyle or Mike Leigh? Handy with a camera and passionate about what you do? We are looking for creative and imaginative short films (5 – 7 minutes long) exploring “The Truth about Youth”. Successful applicants will receive an amazing professional film making workshop at the Cornerhouse, as well as your world exclusive screen premiere in the Truth about Youth Festival!


PHOTOGRAPHY... EXPOSURE  Passionate about pictures? We are looking for quirky and individual photographs from young people, exploring “The Truth about Youth where you live”. Selected photos will be showcased in a special exhibition at the Royal Exchange throughout the entire Festival, and successful applicants will also have the opportunity to become official Festival photographers!



Move over Peter Kay and Jason Manford, we are looking for the comedians of tomorrow, today! Do you have what it takes to light up the room with laughter? We are looking for imaginative and individual young comedians to create a short comedy set exploring “The Truth about Youth”. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to attend a series of Masterclass workshops led by comics including Justin Moorhouse. Then, for one night only, the Royal Exchange’s Great Hall will host this exclusive comedy event, compered by a very special celebrity guest!


DESIGN... ICONITASTICWe are looking for quirky, creative images to immortalise the Truth about Youth Festival. Digitised, painted, drawn… you choose. If a picture paints a thousand words what do you have to say about “The Truth about Youth”? Selected applicants will have the opportunity to work with Royal Exchange Marketing professionals to turn your image into a unique poster design, and all designs will feature in the Truth about Youth brochure and in our press and marketing publications about the whole festival!


PERFORMANCE... PLATFORM TWOFor one night only, PLATFORM TWO will showcase young talent from across Greater Manchester: theatre, dance, music, multimedia, spoken word… you choose. We are looking for diverse, inventive and exciting acts, and for pieces that have been created by young people using their own ideas. All we ask is that your piece is at least 5 minutes and no more than 20 minutes long. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to perform in the Great Hall and The Studio as part of the Truth about Youth Festival, as well as receiving advice, support and technical help from Royal Exchange professionals.


CRAFTS... FUTURE MAKERSAre you a future Banksy, Tracy Emin or Alexander McQueen? Do you create your own gifts, art, textiles, jewellery, illustrations, sculpture…? Would you like the opportunity to sell your work to the public?The Royal Exchange Craft Shop is looking for young people who create exciting crafts, and who would like to exhibit and sell their work as part of the Truth about Youth Festival. Successful applicants will be supported by professionals to create an Artist’s Statement and to set prices for your work, and all crafts will then be on sale in the Craft Shop for the duration of the Festival.
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