Art-Youth-Culture: FYI

27-29 March 2010

Art-Youth-Culture: FYI was an Arts Council initiative which brought together more than 60 young people between the ages of 15 and 23 to discuss their participation in cultural life and the arts with their peers and key policy-makers during three days of arts-based workshops, discussions, and meetings.

Download full report: Art-Youth-Culture: FYI report and Arts Council response (1.15 MB, Adobe PDF)


Using a variety of artistic media including music, theatre, film and visual arts, young people explored their right to participate in cultural life and the arts, as enshrined in the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child and the U.N. Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights. The young people shared their experiences, concerns, and ideas with key policy makers and cultural providers through a day-long series of round-table discussions and artistic presentations, the themes and format of which were determined in advance by the young participants. The event took place over 3 days in Dublin. 35 representatives from key public agencies and government departments whose activities impact on young people’s experience of arts and culture attended the event.

A dedicated website,, was designed and managed by Exchange Dublin, a young arts collective, specifically for this event. This served as a dynamic forum for young people‘s ideas, and an on-line record of the event and key information generated.

The ideas generated, concerns identified and information shared are assisting in shaping the Arts Council’s working strategies with regard to Young People, Children and Education 2011-2013.

Art-Youth-Culture: FYI was funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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