The Young Ensembles Scheme is one of a number of funding opportunities offered by the Arts Council to support and develop the arts in Ireland. The primary purpose of the award is to support groups of young people between the ages of 12 and 23 to create ambitious and original work together in any artform (e.g., circus, dance, digital media, film, music, theatre, literature, visual arts, or any combination of the above).
Youth arts groups from all over Ireland came together at the Young Ensembles Scheme (YES) showcase and networking event held in Kerry earlier this year. Celebrating Ireland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the theme of this year's event was European Mobility. Groups who had received Young Ensemble Scheme (YES) awards since the scheme was first offered in 2009 were invited to attend this year's extended event. In addition, youth arts organisations taking part in the 'Young Creatives' Strand of the 'Culture Connects' programme also participated.
The event allowed participants to share some of the experiences they had gained through exchange programmes with their European counterparts. The showcase and networking event provided participants with direction and information on European collaboration which will allow them to build on the experience they have already gained, and strengthen their artistic development.
The showcase and networking event took place on 3–4 April 2013 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Siamsa Tíre, which ran a project supported by the scheme in 2012, hosted the event.