YOUnique Festival & Producers

YOUnique is an exciting arts and activism festival organised by, and for, young people in Nottingham. It gives you a chance to come together, share your creativity, celebrate who you are and express your views on issues that matter to you. Make your voice heard!

The YOUnique programme offers young people a chance to become festival producers. Working with the NAE team, industry experts, professional artists and local activists you'll be involved in all aspects of festival organisation and management. You'll decide on the key themes, the artists you want to work with and the events that will happen as part of the festival.

You can also work towards your Arts Award or Duke of Edinburgh's Award by being a YOUnique Producer.

'I enjoyed seeing a festival go from a few sheets of paper to a reality, knowing I had a part in making it happen.' - (YOUnique Producer 2020)

Want to get involved?

We are currently looking for YOUnique Producers for our 2021 festival.

Our first session will be on Thursday 4 February, 5-6.30pm. We'll be meeting on the first Thursday of every month, see all the upcoming dates here. These sessions are currently online, via zoom, but we hope to meet in person when restrictions change.

We'll be meeting on the first Thursday of every month via Zoom. No experience necessary, just plenty of ideas, enthusiasm and commitment.

Ages 14+ | Online | To find out more and register your interest to receive a Zoom link, contact

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YOUnique Festival 2020

Last year, the team of young producers chose 'Identitly: Who Am I?' as the main theme of the 2020 festival.

The team of young producers created their own film about identity, working with a professional film-maker. The festival programme also included two outreach projects, with local youth groups creating dance performances and a pop-up exhibition, exploring their own sense of self.

The finale festival day happened in February 2020, bringing together all the work that young people had created as part of YOUnique 2020 projects. This was a day of workshops, performances and sharings, with an 'Identity Crisis' party happening at the end of the day.


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