World Event Young Artist festival program revealed

Mon 18th June, 2012 @ 8:44pm by charlottehickmott

World Event Young Artist festival program revealed

September 2012 will be an exciting time for the Nottingham arts scene, as the city plays host to the World Event Young Artists (WEYA) festival. 1,000 young artists aged 18-30 from 100 nations will exhibit across 30 venues in 10 days in this diverse and international showcase of young talent.

The festival program was announced on Thursday 14�June during an event held at Nottingham Trent University. From 7�-�16�September, participating artists will be exhibiting a world of creativity from music, to visual arts, to literature and film, performance, applied arts and gastronomy. Artists hailing from China, Namibia, Russia, the US, France, the UK, and many other places, will all be arriving in Nottingham for 10 days of exhibitions, workshops, performances and concerts.

The work spanning a wide range of art forms includes painter, Sara Nekomba, from Namibia, Julio Dimitri Soh Takambo, a member of the National Ballet of Cameroon, and Lv Dongyuan, a Chinese computer games developer. The list also includes photography students from Nottingham Trent University, Emily Maccinnes from Scotland, and Emily Moya Addis from Birmingham. Of the festival, Maccinnes said,

It felt amazing to be selected for the UKYA World Event and to have the opportunity to be involved in such a innovative and all-encompassing event. The chance to meet other artists from around the world, practicing various art forms, will, I'm sure, lead to collaborations and provide inspiration for my own work with photography and moving image.”

Moya Addis also commented,

To be involved in a prestigious exhibition such as this while still a student is an incredible honour and opportunity. I am showing 2 photographs in WEYA, both montages created on Photoshop from a set of digital images. To see my photographs on a gallery wall amongst works from a global selection of talented young artists will be amazing!”

Venues for the festival include Broadway, The New Art Exchange, Lakeside, Nottingham Castle, The Royal Centre, Nottingham Playhouse, Malt Cross Bar, and Backlit, amongst others. Paul Smith will also exhibit work by a young contemporary artist in his flagship store.

Also, Market Square will provide the venue for a media hub set up by young people and the Mighty Creatives, providing a daily program of activities for the duration of the festival. City Arts Nottingham will also hold a set of exhibitions and participatory events.

Other key events of the festival include, a music day led by Gilles Peterson, featuring bands from Lebanon and Mauritius, a World Premiere of Michael Pinchbeck’s new performance and a Sunday Fiesta finale to the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in Market Square.

There is so much going on for WEYA, I can barely fit it all into one article! But for all you East Midlands creative types, it truly is a fantastic opportunity. Some of the key partners include the Arts Council, Igniting Ambition, Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Trent University, so there will be networking opportunities aplenty. Also, check out the website now for a chance to volunteer.

This is a unique event - the first of its kind. And it’s happening in Nottingham! It is not to be missed, so make sure it’s in your diaries, 7�– 16�September. Be there and be part of this exciting international arts festival.


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