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Empowering young voices at Liverpool Empire Theatre for 100th Anniversary

Youth Collective member Amie and Young Community member Beth were asked to facilitate workshops for Liverpool Empire Theatre's Young Ambassadors programme. Here, Amie tells us about the experience.

I have always been interested in bringing people together. I think that’s why I decided to become a part of the Youth Collective; I wanted to work with amazing, similarly-minded young people on an arts campaign that mattered to us. The results were far greater than I ever could’ve expected: we produced and successfully put on a one-day festival, we brought people together, and more than that – we made genuine, lasting friendships.

I’ve had so many wonderful opportunities in the Youth Collective, so when another came along, I couldn’t say no. The Liverpool Empire Theatre asked two representatives from Arts Emergency; myself and Young Community member Beth, to plan and facilitate three workshops for their Young Ambassadors programme.

I’ve had so many wonderful opportunities in the Youth Collective, so when another came along, I couldn’t say no.
- Amie, Youth Collective member

This programme brings together twenty young people interested in the arts and theatre from different Merseyside schools. The programme, and the sessions Beth and I had curated, were to culminate in an ambitious group proposal for a festival celebrating the Theatre’s 100th birthday.

Suffice it to say, this sounded familiar!

While I knew I’d be able to bring my Youth Collective festival planning brain, there were lots of things I was worried about: what if I was a rubbish facilitator? What if everybody laughed at me or, worse, didn’t understand what I was saying? What if the thing I really loved doing isn't actually what I’m cut out for?

Three women; 1 dark haired wearing a black top, 1 auburn haired wearing a green checked top and 1 blonde haired wearing a black top, smiling to camera. They are Youth Collective member Amie, Young Community member Beth and Arts Emergency Head of Community Rose, at Liverpool Empire Theatre
Youth Collective member Amie, Young Community member Beth and Arts Emergency Head of Community Rose, at Liverpool Empire Theatre. May 2024.

I can’t say too much as we are only 2 out of 3 sessions down, but I don’t think I should’ve worried as much as I did. Working with Beth, and with a group of bright-eyed, insightful, passionate young people, I’ve been able to both grow my own skills as a practitioner and feel the impact of supporting other young people to grow their ideas. I’ve been able to lead workshops with one of my friends – to work hard, and laugh harder!

We’re nearly onto the final session, where our group will present their pitch to a panel of industry professionals. I don’t know exactly what this dream festival will look like, but I know it will be filled with heart, energy, and fantastic ideas.

I can’t wait to see how it turns out!