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Online festival will hear of Highland youngersters' lockdown experience

By Calum MacLeod

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Fiona Dalgetty, Feis Rois chief executive
Fiona Dalgetty, Feis Rois chief executive

Talented youngsters from Highland arts organisation Fèis Rois will be among young people from across Scotland performing online and sharing their experiences of the last year.

Fèis Rois is among the organisations participating in UNCON 3.0.

This is the third iteration of a biannual festival, designed for and by young people, celebrating the best in youth arts and creativity in Scotland and will take place online on Friday, January 29, and Saturday, January 30.

Members of partner organisations from across the youth arts sector will share reflections on the challenges of the past year and consider how children’s voices and aspirations can be heard in the recovery process.

The programme will feature a mix of pre-filmed and live performances, presentations and panel discussions, artwork and manifestos created by children and young people.

Fèis Rois chief executive Fiona Dalgetty said: “Young people from Fèis Rois and the Highland Youth Arts Hub have taken part in every UNCON to date, and we are excited to participate online this year. Overcoming the challenging move to a digital event, the team at Creative Scotland have put together an ambitious programme and we are excited for the audience to see the video our young people have created.”

Children, young people, policy makers and anyone with an interest in children and young people’s rights are invited to join the conversation. The programme includes live events which are free to access. Full details of the programme and information about how to register is available on the Creative Scotland website.

Sarah Mcadam, Time to Shine manager for Creative Scotland, said: “As with so many things, the lead in to this UNCON has felt very different to previous years. We know that the coronavirus will continue to have a significant impact on children and young people’s futures and it’s more important than ever to make sure we are listening to what is important to their lives. As this UNCON takes place at the beginning of a new decade, we look forward to working with a youth arts sector that meets these challenges head-on and continues to support Scotland’s children and young people to thrive in and through the arts and creativity.”

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