About Millennium Youth


InterAct Youth Arts Festival & Youth Forum, spearheaded by the Millennium Forum, is a project created by youth, for youth, encouraging 12-21 year olds of all capabilities and from all backgrounds in Derry/Londonderry to InterAct with the Arts and each other, through a week of multi-disciplinary workshops, special guest events and live performances.

This collaboration and celebration of arts and culture, informed by a Youth Forum, nurtures synergies between arts organisations, youth, schools, arts practitioners and our local community.

The ninth InterAct Youth Arts Festival is held over a week in July. Monday 3rd July to Saturday 8th July 2017. The one week, multi-venue festival will present free workshops, masterclasses, special guest appearances, gigs and performances for 12-21 year olds.

InterAct Youth Arts Festival & Forum aims to encourage youth from all sections of the community, including disabled youth and those from ethnic minorities, to participate in the arts thereby:

  • increasing inter-community mobility and social cohesion between youth;
  • creating shared spaces for sharing education and the arts;
  • promoting cross-community contact, cooperation and exchange;
  • encouraging joint-delivery of programmes, sharing best practice and creating synergies on a collaborative basis;
  • addressing issues of conflict and cultural difference;
  • promoting cultural understanding and reconciliation;
  • giving a voice to the youth of the city while simultaneously increasing their skills, confidence and self-esteem;
  • developing, utilising and showcasing artistic talent on a collaborative Derry City stage.

This project is funded by the Children in Need, Arts Council and ESB.

Youth Musical – West Side Story

The Millennium Forum Youth Musical Group brings the dynamic musical to our stage. Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is set in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. This milestone musical explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs, The Jets and The Sharks. Leonard Berstein’s musical score has become a classic, with Maria, America, Somewhere and I Feel Pretty, becoming recognisable hits
This project is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland