Create for Change, Pegasus Theatre
Creativity and Social Justice Debate Illustration by Joel Cooper
Creative Junction worked in partnership with Pegasus Theatre, Oxford on Create for Change, an ambitious three year programme enabling young people to become global citizens through the arts. The programme focused on the three Pegasus Youth Companies for 14-19 year olds – one specialising in theatre, one in dance and one in production/ technical theatre. During their time in the companies the young people explored a whole range of local, community and global concerns and created performances and workshops which they performed and delivered at theatres, in schools and at national and international festivals and events. These included:
- Creativity & mental health – a panel debate followed by a performance of ‘The Listeners’ and of dance piece ‘Stuck’. http://soundcloud.com/create-for-change/debate-version-3
- MESH – an international youth arts exchange in Oxford, involving at least 200 young people from the UK, Europe and beyond. Young people from Palestine, Croatia, Germany, Holland, France and Russia all attended this festival designed to connect young people across cultures through the arts. A planning group involving young people, created the festival, making artistic, logistical and fundraising decisions.
- The Grand Debate : Fronted by a human rights and mental health expert and one of the young leaders from the Pegasus Youth Theatre Company, proceedings started with presenting two views for discussion. International participants (from France, Germany, The Netherlands, Croatia, Iraq, Thailand and Russia) and the general public took part in a facilitated multi-lingual debate and gave feedback on the general view from different cultures and shared ideas, addressing issues through creativity and the arts. The debate used an innovative model based on the United Nations General Assembly. http://www.modelunitednations.co.uk/