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The Playhouse Choice and Voice Project presents


15th June 2023

At Culmore Community Hub


“We worked with words and imagery”

“[we learn] different ways to express ourselves”

“[We want] more safe places for young people”


A showcase event for youth empowerment

Young people from Derry- Londonderry unveiled a new large-scale 3D graffiti art sculpture as way of exploring issues in their communities.  

The temporary structure, made of cardboard, was launched in Culmore as part of Seat and Meet showcase event, delivered by The Playhouse Street Talk Project.

A team of artists worked with several groups of young people to identify personal youth related issues ahead of the event, which was co designed and planned by the young people. 

Young people from Culmore Community Hub, Include Youth and Springhill Park Area Residents and Youth Association, Strabane took part. Artists Caroline Devenny, Cat Brogan, Eve Li and Sarah McNabb explored sculpture, printmaking, spray-painting, stencilling, poetry, creative writing and community theatre with the young people. Young people also attended sessions at the Nerve Centre’s Creative Learning Centre, and Events Management and Media Training delivered by The Playhouse as part of the programme. 

Activities on the day included poetry and spoken word, face painting, art workshops, Chair Ware deck chairs with prints based on fashion designers, and DJ skills workshops by Moving Music Academy.

This project was part of Derry- Londonderry and Strabane’s bid to become recognised as a Child Friendly Community by UNICEF. Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) and the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) are working together with the Education Authority, Voluntary Sector Youth Services and partners, families, children and young people to improve outcomes for children and young people. Derry City and Strabane are the first community in Northern Ireland to participate in the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) Child Friendly Cities & Communities programme. Click here for more information.

The Playhouse Street Talk Project is funded by BBC Children in Need and the Department for Foreign Affairs. CLICK HERE for more information about the project.