Tuning into Change

A youth manifesto for the arts

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Gustavo Dudamel rehearses National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s Inspire Orchestra and Youth Orchestra of LA members, before unveiling Tuning into Change, a manifesto for the future of the arts.

Written by young people from across the UK and LA, Tuning into Change is the public-facing culmination of a six-month-long Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning project, which examines the role young artists hope to play in shaping society in our uncertain and fast-changing world.

Young people aged 14–18 will investigate ideas like what the arts can offer young people, what skills do they want to learn now and who should be providing them.  Ideas will be captured through an interactive workshop process, ultimately resulting in a published book for distribution in the UK and the US. Part of Sky Arts Art 50.

Part of our 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape. Find out more here.

Youth Manifesto

Responding to an uncertain and fast changing society, this programme places youth voice at the centre of an international dialogue examining how music and the arts respond to, reflect, and effect change in the UK and US’s current social and political landscape and what role young people envision taking as social activist artists. Who better to put this question to than the young people who will be the artists, arts workforce, audiences and voters of the future?

The aim of the project is to develop a cohort of young creatives ready to shape and influence the arts within their own settings, to share their knowledge and experience with other aspiring young artists, and finally to inspire those in the profession to embrace and encourage youth leadership.

Delivered in partnership between the Barbican and Los Angeles Philharmonic with Bristol Plays Music, Sistema Scotland, Sage Gateshead and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Supported by Sky Arts Art 50.

Programme Partners

Los Angeles Philharmonic

National Youth Orchestra

Bristol Plays Music

Big Noise

Sage Gateshead


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