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Knowsley’s young people invited to have their say on Knowsley’s Borough of Culture events

by Alison Cornmell

Do you know someone aged 16-21 who is brimming with ideas and has a creative flair? If so, Knowsley Council is inviting them to submit an idea for a creative event or project that could be turned into reality in 2022 when Knowsley becomes Borough of Culture.

In 2022 Knowsley will be the Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture and wants to hear ideas from young people for projects to help celebrate this special year. The possibilities are endless and could celebrate and showcase anything from music and film, heritage and food, to comics and art.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“Knowsley’s Borough of Culture year marks a special moment in the borough’s history and will give us the opportunity to showcase all that we have to offer. We want to engage with all our residents, young and old and this call-out gives us the perfect opportunity to represent Knowsley’s young people and co-design the programme with them. So, if you know anyone who you think could share an interesting, unique or fun idea urge them to get in touch – they could see their idea turned into reality!”

As part of the call-out Comics Youth, a creative community organisation led by young people, for young people, have designed the leaflet issued to a range of Knowsley’s young people encouraging them to get in touch.  You can see the leaflet here.

Here is how to get involved

In just a few sentences tell us:

  1. What is your project idea?
  2. Who will be able to take part in the idea you have?
  3. Where will your project take place?
  4. How many young people do you think would benefit from your idea?
  5. How long would it last?
  6. What kind of support would you need to bring your idea to life?
  7. What would it mean to you if your idea was selected?

You don’t need to have qualifications, just a great idea, enthusiasm and a huge imagination!

All participants will be entered into a PRIZE DRAW for £25 Amazon Vouchers (4 to be won).

Please send your ideas by Monday 11 January 2021 to jo.dry@knowsley.gov.uk

Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture

This new initiative was introduced by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority in 2018 to encourage and enable each Borough to deliver cultural programmes which create a lasting legacy across the whole region.

The title awards a £200,000 funding package to support cultural events through the year, delivered as part of the city region’s pioneering 1% for Culture programme. The Borough of Culture initiative is one of the key deliverables outlined within the LCR Culture and Creativity Strategy and is underpinned by five key principles:

  • Children and Young People – accessing, enjoying, learning and thriving through culture and creative engagement with skills and talent pathways.
  • Positive outcomes – wellbeing, health, education, cohesion and future world of work.
  • Communities – increased participation, particularly the ageing society
  • Distinctiveness of place – promoting the creative and culture offer to local people and visitors
  • Infrastructure – leaving a legacy through better infrastructure for culture and creativity