Food, festivals and friendship


The British Museum and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation run a new UK-wide national programme for people aged 18–24. They invite local cultural and third sector organisations as key partners, who then recruit young people to co-design and deliver projects that are unique to their locality and respond to a community need identified by the young people.

The main aims of this programme called “Where we are…” are “to remove some of the barriers to engagement that young people face within the cultural sector, and to create a sense of agency in young people that can be reflected into their communities”.

Interestingly, the programme takes a broad definition of ‘culture’ building on how young people defined culture in the scoping stage of the project: food, festivals and friendship rather than paintings, theatre or exhibitions.

Image: Jade Masri on Unsplash

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Author: sabine.doolin

Strategy consultant working with the cultural sector

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