NE-Generaion is the Legacy Trust UK regional programme for the North East Inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
NE-Generation is about culture, collaboration and change - investing in creative opportunities for young people across the North East.
Young People are at the heart of NE-Generation as co-commissioners, co-producers, participants and evaluators.
NE-Generation currently consists of 15 projects commissioned by young people which amounts to approximately £1million of allocated funding. To date over 2300 young people have been directly involved in the projects with audiences of over 160,000. This has been made possible by the work of over 300 cultural and youth work practitioners and over 60 different organisations.
NE-Generation is a diverse network of projects spanning a wide range of participants, cultural practices and georgraphic locations and is held together by the following shared aims and beliefs.
- To bring about a shift in the way in which young people and the North East’s cultural sector collaborate;
- To develop a more relevant, young people focused cultural sector where young people experience, participate in and generate cultural activity on their own terms
- To assist the cultural sector in becoming more responsive to and reflective of young people and their cultural needs and interests
- To assist the cultural sector in playing a greater part young people’s lives, and increasing young people’s self-awareness, creative opportunities for self-expression and enabling them to develop their own ideas of personal and regional identity
- To incorporate the 'widest possible definition of culture' (Legacy Trust 2008.)
- All young people have a right to participate in high quality, engaging, challenging and meaningful cultural experiences.
- Young people have the right to work and collaborate with adults on an equal footing.
- Young people and those who work with them have the right to work in safe environments.
- Young people and those that work with them have the right to platforms of equal value and importance as any other group in society.
- Young people have the power to influence, inform, challenge and change cultural practice.
- Cultural activity with young people has the right to the same resources as any other cultural activity.
- Young people have the right to work with the highest quality artists and practitioners.
- Cultural activity with young people is at its best when it provides opportunities for young people and those that work with them to take risks in safe contexts.
- Quality cultural activity is vital to the personal, social, political, aesthetic and educational development of young people. Culture expresses who we are and helps young people to find their place and voice in society.
- Cultural practitioners have the right to high quality professional development.
- Young people are artists in their own right.
- Cultural activity should access a diverse range of cultures, genres, art forms and approaches.
- Cultural activity should reflect and represent the diversity of all young people taking part.
Find out what's on in 2012 by viewing our summer brochure below.