BE FESTIVAL 2020 : 23 – 27 JUNE #BEFESTIVAL20 Be Festival


BE Next is BE FESTIVAL’s Youth Theatre scheme. It offers young people in Birmingham aged 14-19 the opportunity to develop their performance skills, work with international artists and perform on stages across Birmingham, as a part of a unique and exciting Youth Theatre Company.


  1. Try something new
  2. Meet and collaborate with new people
  3. Learn new skills
  4. Attend FREE workshops (with travel expenses covered)
  5. Gain a recognised qualification through Arts Award
  6. Work with professional, international artists


‘I really enjoyed it, it has been really exciting to be part of’

‘Doing BE Next was an amazing experience which gave me a lot of confidence about speaking my home language’

‘The BE Next performance was very professionally delivered…I thought they were a very confident and articulate group.’

The current BE Next team includes:

Fin Townsend – Learning and Participation Producer

Jessica Barber – Arts Award Facilitator

The next BE Next project will take place in July 2019 at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. For more information about the project and how to get involved, or to hear more about Arts Awards email Fin Townsend (  

With the support of:

Amal (a Saïd Foundation programme)

Arts Council England

mac Birmingham

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Sir Barry Jackson

The Norton Foundation

Baron Davenport’s Charity

All photos taken by Alex Brenner