Know someone aged 15-25 with an interest in photography, film, or the arts? Young people in Cambridge who might feel they don’t have a voice will have the chance to express their creativity and present their view of the city at a free, one-day event this October.
Circuit: Unlock Cambridge, designed by young people for young people, will provide an alternative tour of the city, exploring disused, hidden spaces. It takes place on 10 October, for 15-25 year olds. In collaboration with Danish arts group SUPERFLEX the day will include artist-led workshops, live music, film screenings and art installations, all in a big, vibrant showcase of local creative talent.
Circuit: Cambridge is part of Circuit, a national programme connecting 15-25 year olds to the arts in galleries and museums. Led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Circuit aims to open up the arts to everyone – particularly those with the least access to them. They have been working together with Kettle’s Yard and Wysing Arts Centre.
‘We’re sure visitors will leave this festival inspired by how Circuit: Cambridge has rediscovered hidden corners of the city’
SUPERFLEX founder Rasmus Nielsen explains: “We believe in using art as a tool for creating change and opening minds – it has been a joy collaborating with the young people at Circuit: Cambridge in creating artistic ‘tools’ of their own, and we’re sure visitors will leave this festival inspired by how Circuit: Cambridge has rediscovered hidden corners of the city.”
The full list of venues is yet to be confirmed, but you can expect to find some action at the Market Square from 12pm to 5pm. In front of The Guildhall, there will be a ‘complaints booth’ where anyone can contribute their grumbles to be made into a song, which will be performed by a local choir. This will be the starting point for some alternative tours of Cambridge.
Tahira Fitzwilliam-Hall, Circuit programme manager, adds, ‘What comes to mind when you think of Cambridge? Perhaps the beautiful and historic architecture, tourism, or the University? This free youth arts festival will show you the creative and playful side of Cambridge, giving a voice to the city’s young people. We invite you to come and experience Cambridge in a new way at Circuit: Unlock Cambridge; Circuit holds the key, and it’s yours for one day!”
Circuit: Unlock Cambridge takes place 10 October, 12 noon ’til late. Keep an eye on the website for updates, including details of their secret closing party.