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 eighth InterAct Youth Arts Festival is spread over two weekends at the beginning and the end of the summer Thursday 7th July to Saturday 9th July 2016 & Thursday 25th August to Saturday 27th August. These weekend, multi-venue festivals 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 Foyle Foundation, Arts Council and Art & Business.

Youth Musical

With the timeless songs Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself and Where is Love?, Lionel Bart’s classic musical is brought vividly to life by the Millennium Forum Youth Musical Theatre Group. This 2016 amateur production of Oliver! is presented by arrangement with Music Scope UK.
This project is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland