Sunday, 9 June 2013

Latitude Festival 2013 info

Here is some news about an amazing event going on this year - the Latitude festival! I wanted to share this with you because I learnt about it by email and thought some of you might like to attend what is an incredible opportunity for young people. Here's all the info you need!

Latitude Festival has teamed up with YA author CJ Daugherty  in order to give young people the chance to achieve a nationally recognised Arts Award qualification, as part of their role as the first festival to become an Arts Award supporter organisation.
As winner of Best Family Festival 2012 and with its huge range of arts on offer, as well as dedicated areas for both Children and Teens, Latitude is the perfect place for teens and young people to access the arts and use their festival experience to receive their Arts Award qualification, awarded by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England.
The internationally bestselling YA author CJ Daugherty, author of the popular Night School series, will be talking about the career of a YA author, reading an exclusive extract from her new novel Fracture (due to be published by Atom in August) and running a story writing workshop, as well as doing one on one interviews with Arts Award participants. In addition, Arts Awards participants will also have the chance to meet two other professional authors Dawn O'Porter who will be talking about her new book Paper Aeroplanes, and horror writer Alexander Gordon Smith, author of the popular Furnace series.
Latitude is proud to become the first UK festival to become an Arts Award Supporter organisation.
Arts Award is a unique set of arts qualifications for young people, awarded by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England. Arts Award gets young people taking part in arts activities, reviewing arts events, researching artists, and sharing their skills. Arts Award’s ambition is to support any young person to deepen their engagement with the arts and to build creativity and leadership skills.  Latitude will provide young people with access to the spectrum of arts showcased at the festival, to help them achieve their Arts Award qualification.
As winner of Best Family Festival 2012, Latitude has 15+ arenas and spaces offering every aspect of the arts including music, theatre, dance, poetry, literature, film, cabaret and comedy.  Everything that can be explored as part of Latitude is suitable for Arts Award!
In the Inbetweeners Teen Arena, teenagers will be able to let their imagination run wild with Culture Works East’s programme of interactive and industry savvy creative and media workshops for 12 to 17 year olds. Across a range of masterclasses young people will gain insight into real creative careers, the chance to work alongside top industry pros, get involved themselves and be part of a team of young reviewers at Latitude! Areas to choose from include music and film journalism, TV and radio news reporting and festival photography. The work created is showcased on the Latitude Young Reviewers page linked into both the Latitude website and the Arts Award website:   
Culture Works East (CWE) will also be providing some specially designed workshops where participants can document, reflect and review their experiences for their Arts Award. In particular, CWE are creating two special opportunities for Arts Award participants, the first of which provides a unique opportunity for Arts Award participants aged 12 to 17 to interview CJ Daugherty, international bestselling author of YA crime thriller series, Night School.
Following an author event in the Inbetweeners Teen Arena, where CJ Daugherty will read from her forthcoming novel Fracture, share her secrets of bestselling success and run a fiction writing workshop, there will be a special opportunity for a small group of young reporters to put their questions to her in person, and record the answers in a variety of media from film, radio, writing or photography. Participants will work with trained Arts Award Advisors to put their research into an engaging portfolio.
The second opportunity is a chance for a young artist, musician or acoustic group from Suffolk to perform in the Inbetweeners Teen Arena in partnership with Culture Works East, Access To Music and Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge organisation. Following the performance, they will be able to work with trained Arts Award Advisors to document their experience as part of the Arts Award portfolio.
Arts Awards participants will also have the chance to learn about the career of two other professional authors Dawn O'Porter who will be talking about her new book Paper Aeroplanes, and horror writer Alexander Gordon Smith, author of the popular Furnace series.
Industry professionals from Total Film, Writer's Centre Norwich, Access To Music and BBC Norfolk Introducing will be hosting drop-in activities including TV Special Effects, the DJ Shed, album cover design, silk screen printing, making your own ringtone or creating animation and multimedia visuals in the music and media tent. The full programme of events, as well as details of how young people can get involved with Arts Award at Latitude, is available to download from the Latitude website.  
Elsewhere across the festival, there are many opportunities for Arts Award participants to work towards their qualification by getting involved watching performances from the likes of The Maccabees, Jessie Ware and Rudimental; Dance Company Sadler’s Wells, who will be showcasing the award-winning flamenco dancer, RocĂ­o Molina; and critically acclaimed ballet group, BalletBoyz® The TALENT 2013. In The Faraway Forest London based artist David Shillinglaw will be painting a mural, inviting festival-goers to relax, watch the painting process and participate in the creation of the piece by submitting their thoughts, words and phrases into a box next to the mural. 
The National Gallery invites the audience to immerse themselves in great art by Renaissance master Titian, with their mobile cinema offering a National Gallery festival experience celebrating Diana and Callisto, a painting recently acquired for the nation, and the chance to ask the experts questions. The National Youth Theatre present their new version of Little Red Riding Hood with not one, but two separate endings, exploring the themes and fears of the fairy tale. Forest Fringe will deliver immersive theatre, with the twist being that the festival goers both create and participate in the show, making dreams come true, while Dance East return to Latitude with their hit dance workshops.
Sharon Reuben, Latitude Festival Children & Teen programmer, said:
“Arts Award will provide a fantastic model to expand young people's experience at Latitude and we’re very thrilled to be working on such an ambitious and accessible project. Since 2011 Culture Works East has delivered a varied, professional and exciting programme of activities for Latitude’s teens.”
Elli Chapman, Artistic Director at Culture Works East said:
"Latitude provides a very different platform for the arts, bringing high quality programming out of traditional spaces to new and varied audiences like young people who might not visit more mainstream venues like theatres and galleries. By becoming an Arts Award Supporter organisation, we offer young festival goers the chance to  deepen their relationship with the arts, learn new technical, creative and transferrable skills, get their opinions heard and support them to make a connection with the arts that goes beyond the festival."
Emily Ward, Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge’s Artsmark and Arts Award Programme Manager said:
“Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge is delighted to support Festival Republic and Cultureworks’ inspirational ambition to launch Arts Award at Latitude this year. Children and young people attending the festival will not only have the chance to explore artistic and creative opportunities, but also be able to strengthen their skills as artists and future art leaders by engaging with the Arts Award programme.”
Arts Award offers nationally recognised qualifications which support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders.  Since launch in 2005, nearly 100,000 young people have achieved awards.  Arts Award’s ambition is to support any young person to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creativity, communication and leadership skills and achieve a national qualification. Arts Award assesses how young people develop in their chosen art form rather than achievement of a specific skills level. Young people can gain an Arts Award through work in any art form including creative, technical and support roles.
There are no entry requirements, no time limit for completing the award, and no set rules on how to present final work. Participants just need to be aged between 7 and 25, and ready to explore new creative experiences. Arts Award can be achieved at five levels: four accredited qualifications and an introductory level. Silver and Gold Arts Award have two strands – arts practice and arts leadership. Young people gather evidence of their creative and skills development which they present as a portfolio in any format.  Young people can work towards Arts Award within, outside and beyond school and college.
A trained Arts Awards advisor supports and mentors participants.  An advisor is usually a teacher, artist or youth worker. Advisors facilitate arts experiences, support progress and assess young people’s portfolios before external moderation. An advisor is attached to a centre – this can be any organisation which supports young people’s activities.
Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations. Employers and colleges recognise it as proof of skills and commitment. Arts Award at Latitude is supported by the Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge, one of ten bridge organisations funded by Arts Council England to connect children and young people with arts and culture across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Peterborough. More at  or
Culture Works East (CWE) seeks to use high quality creative arts, media and creativity to inspire children and young people to discover and reach their full potential. We work across the East of England using creative & media approaches to provide engagement, social inclusion, education, training and support to young people.  Artistic Director Elli Chapman was awarded the Natwest Everywoman Gaia Award 2012 awarded to the most inspirational and successful female entrepreneur who runs a business with a clearly defined social and/or ethical purpose at its heart.
Tickets are now on sale, subject to booking fees:
Weekend adult tickets                                                         £182.50
Weekend accompanied teen ticket (13-15 years)         £132.50
Weekend child (5-12 years) tickets                                    £5.00
Adult day tickets Fri, Sat, Sun                                               £77.50
Child (5-12 years) day tickets Fri, Sat, Sun                          £5.00
Campervan Permit                                                               £40-80 (dependent on size)
Locker                                                                                    £16.00
Weekend tickets prices include car parking and camping. Day tickets include car parking only. For weekend accompanied teen tickets, all teenagers must be accompanied by an over 18. Teen tickets can only be purchased at the same time as an adult ticket.
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