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Rewire Festival to showcase the best of young local art talent

28 June 2019

The best of local artistic talent are getting a unique platform to exhibit their work as part of the City and District’s biggest ever youth arts festival.

The Rewire Festival – an action packed 12 day celebration of youth culture from June 26th to July 7th will feature hundreds of events and include performances, exhibitions and discussion forums.

It is the flagship event of Youth 19, Council’s year long programme of events and activities focussed and dedicated to young people aged 12 – 24.

The celebration will include an eclectic range of activities and events including music gigs, a spoken word/hip-hop festival, film screenings, discussions, fashion masterclasses, street art and digital.

The art element of the programme will include exhibitions in the Garden of Reflection in Bishop Street, the Gasyard Centre on Lecky Road and the Void Gallery on Patrick Street.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council said the events will not only offer exposure for up and coming artists but can inspire more young people to get creative and create art of their own in the future.

“I am delighted that the Rewire Festival has placed such a strong emphasis on art by hosting exhibitions of exclusively local young people’s work,” she said.

“The festival is offering an ideal platform for young people who have never exhibited their art before as well as some of the more up and coming artists who are studying artistic disciplines as part of their education and training.

“Art takes a wide range of forms including painting, sculpture, photography and film and can play a key role in helping people develop mentally, socially and emotionally so I would encourage as many young people as possible to visit the venues and explore the what’s on show.”

From July 1st – 7th, the Garden of Reflection in Bishop Street will host the eagerly anticipated ‘Dig The New Breed’ exhibition which explores racism, identity and cultural relativism through the work of up and coming local art students Jack Collins, Liam Bradley, Naomi Ferguson, Jude McCandless and Molly McFadden.

Also from July 1st – 7th the Rewire Open Arts Exhibition at the Gasyard Centre in Lecky Road will host a showcase of work by young artists of all disciplines and abilities as part of the Bluebell Arts Project’s second Empowering the Art Exhibition of 2019.

The Void Gallery in Patrick Street will has issued an open call to young people aged 18-24 to exhibit in the process room at Void Art Centre from June 26th to July 6th for their ‘This Must Be The Place’ exhibition which will explore how five local young artists work in Derry today.    

The full Rewire Festival programme will be accessible at www.youth19.com while you can keep up to date with news by following the Youth 19 social media channels on Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

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