PYA England received investment from Arts Council England to scope the viability of a new showcase or festival of work for young audiences in the north of England. They commissioned Lim Associates to undertake the exercise between October 2022 and February 2023. The brief was to review a cross section of existing UK and international festivals to understand best practice in relation to:
● formats (including a hybrid of digital & live components)
● presentation settings i.e. traditional theatre spaces and/or community settings
● curatorial voice and selection processes
● target audiences
● professional development opportunities (including strengthening networks).
Consideration needed to be given to the role of festivals in developing talent, showcasing homegrown work to national and international delegates, and to adhere to PYA England’s commitment to improving diversification, inclusivity, and accessibility of the sector both through leadership and representation on stage.
PYA England was keen that a fresh, independent perspective is brought to this work. One that considers regional priorities, infrastructure demands and the possibilities of new partnership approaches alongside assessing the viability of expanding existing festivals. Underpinning the work was the interrogation