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Celebrating 50 Years of BYT

Funded on Spacehive 13 April 2023 Delivered 31 January 2024

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Celebrating 50 Years of BYT

Burnley Youth Theatre By Burnley Youth Theatre

A programme of cultural events, creative activities and community celebrations for local children, young people and families to reflect on and celebrate 50 years of Burnley Youth Theatre.

Burnley Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 13 Apr 2023!

We will offer workshops, productions and events for local children, young people and families in schools, community settings and at Burnley Youth Theatre. Activities will be linked with BYT’s history as we celebrate our 50th year. YOUTH THEATRE -Local people will come together for a Summer Showcase day of workshops, performances and the launch of our Heritage Trail -Participants will take part in a week of workshops to learn all about carnival/street theatre -Participants will make a time capsule which will be buried and opened in 50 years SCHOOLS -5 primary schools will work with an artist to create willow structures of famous characters from BYT’s productions archive which will be installed in a Heritage Trail around our site -4 secondary schools will receive a piece of touring theatre, performed by our Young Archivists group COMMUNITY -5 community groups will take part in Sharing Stories workshops which will explore BYT’s history as well as reflecting on their own stories

What we'll deliver:

  • Summer Showcase day-a large outdoor event at BYT with creative workshops and performances from children and young people
  • Heritage Trail - installation of a forest trail around the BYT site celebrating famous characters from our archive
  • Carnival Summer Week- workshops to learn carnival /street theatre, engaging with BYT's past links with Welfare State
  • Time Capsule - BYT participants all contribute to a time capsule which will be buried and opened on BYT's 100 birthday
  • Schools Art Project - 5 primary schools will work with a willow weaver to create 10 sculptures for our Heritage Trail
  • Theatre Tour - 4 secondary schools will receive a piece of theatre linked to BYT's history of theatre for social change
  • Sharing Stories-5 community groups will take part in workshops to explore BYT's history and reflect on their own stories
  • Access - we will provide access support to anyone in need inc. transport, food, free tickets, translators, 121 support

Why it's a great idea:

The project will bring many benefits to local children, young people and families. It will extend the experiences of people already involved with Burnley Youth Theatre and bring new experiences to the wider community who may not have accessed the arts before. More specific benefits will include: PARTICIPANTS - Build confidence and self esteem - Build transferable skills inc. leadership, planning and team work - Develop creative skills - performance skills, writing, art, backstage - Engage with the heritage of Burnley Youth Theatre and learn more about local history WIDER COMMUNITY - Bring diverse communities together - Building a relationships with local people and giving them a sense of place and belonging - Give new opportunities and experiences to people who may not have accessed the arts before - Provide volunteer opportunities for local people - Create an outdoor space for local people to spend time and enjoy nature

Steps to get it done:

  • Heritage Trail: Work with schools to create willow sculptures
  • Heritage Trail: Install heritage trail
  • Heritage Trail: Launch heritage trail to the public
  • Carnival Week: Plan week, contract artists and advertise to participants
  • Carnival Week: Deliver week of workshops
  • Time Capsule: Collect stories and items from participants
  • Time Capsule: Bury time capsule in the grounds of BYT
  • Touring Production: Organise tour with schools
  • Touring Production: Create piece of theatre and rehearse
  • Touring Production: Deliver production to schools
  • Summer Showcase: Plan day, book artists and invite participants and local community
  • Summer Showcase: Deliver day of activity and performances


Location Burnley

About the space



Burnley Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £19,970

Schools Art Workshops and 10 Willow Sculptures - £10,000 (50%)
Access and Support - £2,000 (10%)
Touring Production - £1,500 (8%)
Summer Showcase Day - £1,500 (8%)
Carnival Week - £1,500 (8%)
Sharing Stories Community Workshops - £1,000 (5%)
Heritage Trail - Signage - £554 (3%)
Time Capsule - £468 (2%)
Heritage Trail - Installation - £450 (2%)
Other - £999 (5%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Schools Art Workshops and 10 Willow Sculptures
Access and Support
Touring Production
Summer Showcase Day
Carnival Week
Sharing Stories Community Workshops
Heritage Trail - Signage
Time Capsule
Heritage Trail - Installation
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation

Total £19,970

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