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The Agency!

Back in September, 18 local young people has the opportunity to participate in an award-winning creative entrepreneurship programme providing an opportunity to effect lasting change in their community.

The Agency programme was originally conceived by theatre maker, journalist and activist Marcus Faustini in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.  New Lodge Arts is working in partnership with Battersea Art Centre, London, Contact Theatre, Manchester, Storyhouse, Chester and Energize Me, Southampton.  The programme aims to empower young people aged 15-25 to become creative leaders and catalysts for change in their communities.

Over the first 12 weeks, the young people developed projects and business ideas through a creative, theatre-based methodology. All projects must include a social action component that gives back to the community. The panel was greatly impressed by the project ideas and their presentations.

The three projects selected for funding were Abi Flannagan’s ‘From Seed 2 Plate’ (supported by Aoife Teer and produced by Tp Ward); Sophie Rossbotham’s ‘Rise Above the Ashes’ (supported by Grace Rogan and produced by Matt Faris); and a joint project by Maggie and Natalia called ‘New Heights’ (produced by Amy Smyth).

The young participants successfully executed their projects, engaging young people from communities across north Belfast. The funded projects offered a variety of activities, including hiking, gardening, journaling, and drama workshops.

Orla Hawkins, Project Coordinator of The Agency Belfast, said: "New Lodge Arts is delighted and proud to deliver The Agency Programme in Belfast.

"The programme aligns perfectly with our belief that young people should be at the heart of social change, mobilized around the social issues they care about.

"As a community-based organization operating in North Belfast, we are excited to see the creative and innovative projects our young people will develop and the positive impacts these projects will have on their areas.

"Being part of a national network like The Agency amplifies the voices and ideas of young people, creating a collective force for systematic change.

"We are currently recruiting for next year, starting in September 2024. Please contact New Lodge Arts for more information.

The Agency stands as a shining example of how the programme ignites the passion for entrepreneurship and social change among young people.  With its track record of success and its ongoing impact on the community, The Agency is a testament to the power of youth-driven initiatives in driving positive change.


News Date: 
Thursday, May 30, 2024 - 4:15pm

Contact Details

New Lodge Arts Ashton Centre 5 Churchill Street Belfast, BT15 2BP 028 9074 2255 anne.delaney@ashtoncentre.com 

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