11 December 2019

Announcing European opportunities for Irish youth theatre artists through ‘Buzz Network’

“BUZZ Network: strengthening the European youth theatre sector through cross-border cooperation”

Leading arts organisations from Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Belgium and Germany have been awarded funding from the European Union’s Creative Europe programme to share and develop Youth Theatre practice across the continent for the first time.

Called the BUZZ Network, the organisations have joined forces to share knowledge, skills, contacts and resources across seas and borders, establishing a new network for collaboration and development.
All partners are leaders in the development of Youth Theatre in their own country. National development organisations Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and Youth Theatre Ireland will work alongside prominent theatres Rogaland Teater from Norway, Theater Bremen in Germany, and BRONKS from Belgium to advance practice in their region and across Europe.
Over the next three years, the BUZZ Network will deliver multinational training events for youth theatre practitioners, engaging over 100 professionals from around twenty European countries.
Alongside this training, the BUZZ Network will undertake the first mapping research of youth theatre across Europe and launch a new website in 2021 to help increase awareness of cross-border opportunities for European youth theatre participants and professionals.

Youth Theatre Ireland’s Director, Michelle Carew,  said:

“We are thrilled to have been awarded Creative Europe funding as a Co- Partner for the BUZZ Network project. The project will enable youth theatre practitioners across Ireland to gain invaluable professional development opportunities. It will also provide opportunities for Youth Theatre Ireland and its members to build international relationships and gain rich insights into the diversity of youth theatre practice across the continent.”

Recruitment for the first training event is now open.  More details on the BUZZ Network are available online at ytas.org.uk/buzz-network.



Exciting professional development opportunities will be available over the next three years as the BUZZ Network deliver multinational training events, called Labs, for youth theatre practitioners.
Leading arts organisations from Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Belgium and Germany make up the BUZZ Network, which aims to strengthen the European youth theatre sector through cross-border cooperation. The project is funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme.
Each of these Labs will be facilitated by a specialist over five days, and each is scheduled alongside a key national youth theatre event in the host country’s calendar. With distinct Labs for artists and for leaders, the multinational groups will explore new ways of working that can inspire activities back home. The BUZZ Network aims to engage around 100 professionals from over twenty European countries in this exciting development approach. 

The Artists’ Labs are for professional theatre artists who create performance work with young people. Between 2020 and 2021, each Artists’ Lab will focus on a different topic in contemporary youth theatre practice.

The Leaders’ Labs are for youth theatre leaders at a key stage in their career. Between 2020 and 2021, the Leaders’ Labs will focus on creative and project management skills that can influence their practice and sector back home.

In addition to exploring specific themes, there will be space for peer-to-peer learning and group work. This will offer high-quality insights into how other countries and professionals develop their practice, projects and sector.

Applications will open on 11 December 2019 for the first Artists’ Lab in Brussels (April 2020). The deadline for applications is 31 January 2020. To apply to take part, go to ytas.org.uk/buzz-network .

ARTISTS LAB 1: ‘Co-creation and Empowering Young People’

20 – 25th April 2020, BRONKS - Brussels, Belgium.

The 5-day programme will offer professional Youth Theatre Artists the chance to experience a range of Belgian artists and organisations who work with children and young people in a co-creative and participatory way. The Lab will run parallel with the preparation of the XL-festival in BRONKS; an urban performing arts festival organised by and for young people in Brussels, aged 12-21.

BRONKS theatre will function as the hub for Lab participants, with visits organised to organisations in Flanders and Brussels who work in unique and inclusive ways with young people. Working with Lead Artist Michaël Vandewalle, the Lab Artists will gain insight into their work, methods and best practices via workshops, debates and presentations.
Organisations the Lab will visit include Kopergietery (Ghent), Zinnema (Brussels), de Stroate (Kortrijk), Victoria deLuxe (Ghent). The programme will end with the two-day XL-festival where Lab participants can witness and participate in creativity of the young people who run this inspiring festival.
Seventeen Artists will attend the first multi-national Artist Lab in Belgium from ten different countries, including two selected from Ireland. To apply to be part of the Artist Lab in Brussels, go to ytas.org.uk/buzz-network .

**Please note that Irish applicants must be representing, and nominated by, a youth theatre affiliated to Youth Theatre Ireland.**

Download the application pack for Artists Lab 1 here

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