The Bright Space Creative Careers Festival was a two day festival for young people, teachers and parents that explored careers in the creative industries.
The Festival in association with mac, was the only two-day Festival highlighting careers in the creative industries. Targeted at 13-18 year olds, it was been planned and designed by young people from the Bright Space Youth Panel (BSYP) in collaboration with Bright Space and produced by Amy Martin. Genelle Aldred, BBC Midlands Today presenter from Birmingham, officially opened the event on Friday 28 January 2011.
Genelle said: ‘I didn’t take the traditional route to higher education; I made a few detours along the way. I studied fashion before going into broadcast journalism. Someone from the BBC told me that I should try broadcast journalism as a degree and at that time I hadn’t heard of it. It would have been great if there was something like this for me to attend, to find out about all the options.’
The Bright Space Creative Careers Festivalaimed to do just that – offer young people some clear next steps and tangible routes into the creative industries, whether it be architecture and design, digital media, fashion and textiles, film, video, TV or radio, theatre, dance, visual art, literature, publishing or poetry.
The Festival boasted an exciting roster of international and regional practitioners and organisations, including: 4Talent, The Rep, Creative Alliance, Project Pigeon, Made, Royal Shakespeare Company,Stan’s Cafe, Ikon, Writing West Midlands, Eastside Projects, Punch Records, Mohammed ‘Aerosol’ Ali, Creative Futures, Craftspace, Substrakt, Rare, Reel Access, Fashion Careers Clinic, Youth Dance England, DanceXchange, Fused Magazine, New Art Gallery Walsall and Birmingham Royal Ballet
Amina Abdi, BSYP member and Festival Marketing Assistant, aged 16 said: I’m really excited about this event because I want to be an architect. The Festival will show me what I need to do and the skills I will need to succeed – in a fun way.’
The Festival has attracted over 1000 students from secondary schools, special schools, colleges and universities from across the West Midlands.
On Saturday 29 January, the Festival also offered young people the opportunity to attend drop-in workshops. They’ll also signed up to perform on an ‘Open Mic’ stage, and either buy or sell creations as part of the ‘mymarket’ market place.