Creative YOU

Creativity is everywhere. Opportunity is not.     

We are part of the solution. The secret is in our name. Every year Creative Youth Network gives thousands of young people a taste and thirst for the arts and culture and the joy, life-skills and opportunity they bring.   

But we want more.   

Creative YOU is our campaign showcasing how we, you and the engaged, emerging and amazing young creatives we support, come together. 

We want to reveal how, together, we are ambition, quality, cultural democracy and social mobility in action. 

Every young person deserves the right to access creativity and development opportunities in the creative and cultural industries.

It all starts with education.

If all young people have access to creative subjects in school, then talented young people from all backgrounds can pursue their passion, develop crucial skills needed in so many industries and improve their wellbeing.

1. Pledge

Add your name and join the many people passionate about bringing creativity back into our schools.   

With all the pledges we’ll be reaching out to headteachers in Bristol and the South West. We hope this will encourage local academies to give more space to creativity in their curriculum.  

Bristol, being the creative city we know and love, can pave the way for other regions to do the same, showcasing the true value of creativity.  



2. Sign up

Join us by signing up to our newsletter where we share best practice of how to support young people. 

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3. Find out more

Join us by reading and sharing our CreativeYOU report which shows how our work brings opportunities for creative expression and enables young people to explore their talent, regardless of background or circumstance.  

Download our Creative YOU report


“Thank you for the experience. It’s honestly one of the best things I’ve done and has been life changing. I’ve had a couple of interviews recently and to be able to speak about my work on this project was really valuable.”

- Millie Wood-Downie,
Early-career Producer


The festival saw audiences experience an immersive art exhibition, music, performance, spoken word poetry, networking, food, and so much more!

To help revive the practices of early-career creatives, after what has been a challenging two years, Reignite connected audiences with culture and creativity within our vibrant central Bristol youth hub, The Station. 

Highlights included:

  • Careers and Opportunities Fair, where creative professionals from organisations such as Love Saves the Day, BBC, Visual Arts South West, Fourth Monkey Acting Training met with young people to talk about their route into the industry and give them tips on how to do it for themselves.


  • A special collaboration between Bristol-based movement artist Deepraj Singh and spoken word poet Saili Katebe (together known as Raise the Bar) celebrating the marriage of two different disciplines telling one story.


  • ‘ENG-ER-LAND’ by Hanna Kumari – a play about facing discrimination, growing up, identity and belonging was a massive hit with audiences.


  • A community space in The Station’s outer courtyard where the public had the chance to have a drink or a bite to eat from one of the local food vendors (all young-person led start-ups including Tapped Pony, The Crotch Bar, Wrap N Rolla & Del Vecchio Pizza), while enjoying live music and art.


  • A pop-up shop, giving young local makers a space to sell their craft, clothing and art to a paying audience.


With Omicron came new restrictions which led to a few of our planned events – like the highly anticipated Reignite the Rave – being postponed, but we are so pleased and excited by the turnout and energy over the busy week of festival activity. Stay tuned for future dates and be sure to join us!


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