Youth For Youth Program — Call Out

Community Arts training and performance opportunity for seven emerging artists, ages 15 to 24.

Looking for Performers, Musicians, Theatre Makers, Visual Artists, and Writers, to participate in the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Youth For Youth Mentorship Program.


The Vancouver International Children’s Festival offers a community arts training programme for young artists interested in making work for children. Youth For Youth develops the skills and professional development of young creatives with an opportunity to showcase their work at the 2017 festival.

This year the festival celebrates 40 years. Our Youth For Youth Program will devise work around the theme of how children and cultures from around the world celebrate birthdays.

Together we will:

The training is free, inspired and supportive.

Artists will also receive an honorarium for their participation in the festival. Learn and Earn!

All genders, cultural backgrounds and diverse abilities are warmly welcome.


The team will meet twice a week to devise and rehearse their presentation.

REHEARSAL DATES: April – May 2017.  Ten workshops 2.5 hours each

PERFORMANCE DATES: May 29 – June 04.  Two 45min sets per day x 7 days.  Onsite commitment 3–4 hours per day

APPLICATION DUE: Monday April 3rd, 12 noon.



Vanessa Richards is the mentoring artist for this project. She is an artist, with a foundation in performance, poetry, music and community engagement. Collaborating with groups and supporting individuals to create inventive, meaningful and beautiful projects is her favorite thing to do.  As a performer she has worked in music, film, television, and theatre. As an artistic director she’s produced public celebrations and arts education. While in the UK she co-produced some of the first hiphop theatre productions. Her poetry and critical works are anthologized in the UK, Holland, United States and Canada. She is the founder and song leader of Woodward’s Community Singers and Creative Together, a song based facilitation process.

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Please send us an email that describes (in 175 words or less) why you would like to participate in the Youth For Youth Program. Also list any talents, insights, experience you can bring to the project. If you have a resume or CV to include that would be appreciated.

FAO: Katharine Carol, Artistic & Executive Director, Vancouver International Children’s Festival