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Tuning into Change with Gustavo Dudamel

A youth manifesto for the arts

Gustavo Dudamel with young musicians from the Young Orchestra East

Dudamel rehearses NYOGB's Inspire Orchestra and Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles members in Marquez's Danzon No 9, after the young musicians present their manifesto for the future of the arts.

Bringing together 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 14–25 will investigate ideas like what the arts can offer young people, the skills they want to learn now and who should be providing them. Their ideas will be captured through an interactive workshop process, ultimately resulting in a published book for distribution in the UK and the US which will serve as their manifesto – a call to action for other young people to use their artistry to better the world around them.


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. 

Part of Sky Arts Art 50.

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.

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