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CONNECT is an interactive programme offering an opportunity for cross-cultural collaboration, developing projects with partners and creative exchange through interdisciplinary workshops.
After the cancellation of the live event, scheduled to take place between 20 – 22 March, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Re-CONNECT offers a virtual exploration of its theme ‘Empowering Youth’ and opportunity to consider the present and future contexts that will continue to develop from this international pandemic. Join us 4th – 7th May to explore these themes, develop collaborative Pioneer Projects and apply for one of three grants of €2500 to develop these with partners.

DAY 1: Monday 4th May, 10.30 – 12.00 and 15.00 – 16.45 (CET)

Keynote 1: Agents of Change: Young people, art and empowerment
“Young people are the future” is a truth that has become a platitude. Does society really trust the young, how do we support their future? Art is a tool for doing exactly that. This keynote will explore how participation in and the creation of art can empower youth to explore who they are, how they want to live and the kind of world they want to live in, to become active agents of change.

Chris Cooper has worked in educational theatre and drama since 1988 as an actor, director and playwright. He is a frequent visitor to China, Hong Kong and Europe working on theatre productions and projects, teaching, training, lecturing and presenting workshops. He is the author of 42 plays for children, young people and community audience, and has written many articles and contributed chapters to numerous books on the theory and practice of theatre and drama education.

Afternoon – World Cafe: Creating ‘for’ or ‘with’ young people
Work together to explore key themes and issues in the production of creative work with young people, sharing examples of practice and differing approaches

DAY 2: Tuesday 5th May, 10.00 – 12.00 (CET)

Pioneer Projects: Presentation and discussion
Three project team members share their experience of developing and delivering their collaborative pilots. What worked? What did they learn? How did their projects address the theme of Youth Empowerment – and current restrictions for movement and collaboration?

Slow dates
The first opportunity to reconnect with other participants with shared or complementary interests to identify potential areas of collaboration.

DAY 3: Wednesday 6th May, 10 – 11.30 and 15.00 – 16.45 (CET)

One City: Many Voices

Keynote 2: BRONKS
BRONKS is Brussels’ Dutch-language theatre for young audiences.
STUDIO BRONKS arts education is for children and adolescents to discover art as a medium with which to express themselves.
BRONKS-ambassadors, a group of 15 – 25 year-olds, are a hosted collective taking their first steps organising and programming events. BRONKS building and coaches are theirs alone for the annual XL festival for young and emerging artists.

Amber Goethals is a Flemish actress at STUDIO BRONKS will share the ideas behind the ambassadors project, how it developed and influenced BRONKS as an organisation.

In Conversation: Working within local contexts
Re-CONNECT’s virtual ‘local safari’ – A discussion with other local projects working with young people, exploring their similarities and differences and how this differing local contexts of a single city influence their ways of working.

Afternoon – Project design session
Connections that have been made will be supported to develop their collaborative ideas further and invited to apply for a €2,500 Pioneer Project grant.

DAY 4: Thursday 7th May, 10.00 – 12.00 (CET)

Final presentation of Pioneer Project ideas and discussion to share and refine proposals.

To register, please complete this short form
This will provide the introductory text for all participants and support you to link with potential partners.

There is a €35 participation fee, that will be collected following registration. Following payment, access to all conference materials and sessions will be provided.
We recognise that many organisations and individuals are struggling financially at this time, so we can offer a limited number of sponsored places. If you would like to apply, please email: