11 December 2019

Recruitment NOW OPEN for Buzz Network’s first multinational training lab in 2020

Applications will open on 11 December 2019 for the first Artists’ Lab in Brussels (April 2020). The deadline for applications is 31 January 2020.

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.

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

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 .

Download the application pack here

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