The Big Culture Conversation 2019 – we want to talk!


A call out from the City of Dreams Young Champions Board

Make your voice heard – take part in one of our consultation workshops

City of Dreams is a 10year mission for all children and young people in Newcastle and Gateshead. We want our city to be know as the best place to be young.

We’ve brought together museums, galleries, cinemas, music and dance venues, theatres, science centres, a centre for children’s books, and lots of other organisations that do creative things with under25s. Also involved are charities, schools, universities, councils, health services, transport, businesses, and more.  We have exciting plans to help everyone under25 in our city take part in creative activity – that’s 165,000 people, every year, till 2028. Plans to support children and young people grow skills, confidence and talent. Plans to work with young people so they have a strong voice in decisions about our city.

In fact, listening to young people is one of the most important things we will be doing. And that is where you come in!

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City of Dreams – a strategy written by 1000 children and young people.

Our partnership has made a commitment to listen to children and young people.

We have already started, and have taken action in response to what we heard. Earlier this year, young people said some things they want to see and do are on at the wrong time. Especially 12-17year olds, who want more available between 4 and 7pm. We heard you! That’s why we launched the Twilight Shows, and why places like Northern Stage, Live Theatre and Tyneside Cinema have more things on for you in the early evening.

You also told us you wanted more affordable ticket options, and Live Theatre now offers £6 tickets for under21s, whilst Dance City have run introductory workshops for £2. And when you said you wanted more chances to make things for yourselves, we we put together Make Something Brilliant – a programme of the best making activity we could find for under 13s and over 11s.

To make sure children and young people’s voices keep being heard we set up a Young Champions Board, with members from places like The Angelou Centre, Youth Focus North East, Streetwise, Young Women’s Film Academy, Headliners, The Prince’s Trust, Gateshead Youth Assembly and Newcastle Youth Council. 


We’ve been called a beacon of good practice” in engaging children and young people, and we aren’t stopping! Over the next few months we are living out this commitment in practice, by doing 4 things:

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All City of Dreams plans have been shaped by the voices of children and young people – can you become one of them?

  • supporting the Young Champions Board to represent diverse voices of young people, and have a strong voice in City of Dreams 

  • bringing together stories made by young people about their lives, and showing them to the people that run the city – at the Our City Our Story event on March 7th 2019

  • working with 10 major cultural organisations so they become Children’s Rights champions, and all earn an Investing In Children award by June 2019

  • engaging around 1000 under25s in our Big Culture Conversation workshops and focus groups, so that their views and ideas shape what we do next

Right now, it’s our Big Culture Conversation that we really want your help with. Between the 1st January and the end of February 2019 our Young Champions will be running focus groups, workshops, and consultation sessions across Newcastle and Gateshead. They want to meet you!

This is your chance to tell us how you want things to work in our city.  Oh, and how would you spend £1million pounds on creative activity in Newcastle and Gateshead!

Want to get involved in the Big Culture Conversation 2019? Get in touch!

We are looking for groups of children and young people to come and talk to. All you need to do is contact us with the following details:

  • name of your organisations or group

  • how many children and young people you expect will come along

  • ages of those likely to take part

  • a contact person and their email

  • some suggested times we could visit you – don’t got organising an extra session if you don’t have time, we will fit in with your timetable

You can also run a consultation session yourself, if you have people with the experience and skills to use the consultation tools we’ve designed. If you want to do this, just let us know when you get in touch.


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