Scotland’s National Youth Arts Advisory Group (NYAAG) met with Denmark’s Minister for Culture, Mette Bock last week to discuss the Danish approach to involving young people in arts and culture.
The meeting took place during Transposition 2018, a cultural ideas exchange organised by Young Scot, Creative Scotland, and the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces which is part of the Ministry of Culture.
As part of Transposition 2018, in the autumn, the National Youth Arts Advisory Group will welcome Denmark’s Thinktank for Youth Culture, their counterparts from Denmark, to Scotland. Transposition 2018 is being funded through Erasmus+.
By bringing together two national youth arts panels, Transposition 2018 will develop how the national youth arts advisory panels of both countries can do more to enhance the opportunities for young people in the cultural sector.
While meeting with Minister for Culture, the NYAAGs discussed Denmark’s approach, where cultural initiatives are self-organised and co-created with young people. They talked about how to improve access to financial support for young people to help them create their own events and how involving young people in the planning and delivery of cultural projects can increase the number of young people participating in cultural activities.
The Minister also discussed the importance of young people’s involvement in dialogue with the art and cultural sector regarding their wishes for cultural life. Every generation of young people has their wishes and dreams for the world, and it is important that the older generation and the established cultural players approach the young voice openly. In that way, we will obtain a culture sector that is based on shared understanding between the generations, whereby cultural life becomes meaningful and valuable to both generations.
As well as meeting the Minister, during the visit the group met with youth-led organisations to discuss a huge array of different activities related to the provision of cultural spaces for young people. There were visits to a range of places promoting and enabling different learning styles that can be most effective when engaging in arts and culture-based activity. The democratic participation of young people from hyper local through to national level was also a clear theme running throughout their programme. The group also used structured co-design sessions to begin building a shared understanding of how they can affect youth arts and cultural sector in their own countries.
Transposition 2018 participant and National Youth Arts Advisory Group member, Ellen Wilson, said, “I have made some incredible friends this past week and experienced things that many don’t have the opportunity to experience. I’m extremely lucky to have been here, I’m so thankful to everyone involved for making it so incredible. We are at the beginning of a fantastic partnership that will only grow stronger over time. The Danish group will come to Scotland in October and before then we will be working on exciting new developments and projects digitally. There’s so much more to be done – it’s not the end.”
Colin Bradie, Time to Shine Manager at Creative Scotland, said, “We are really delighted to be working in partnership with Young Scot to support the NYAAG in participating in this exciting exchange project with Denmark over the Year of Young People 2018. Through experiencing, comparing and reflecting on the youth arts and culture sectors in both countries the NYAAG members will be able to increase their skills, knowledge and expertise as national youth arts advisors for Scotland. We look forward to supporting the NYAAG in hosting a return exchange in October, to introduce their Danish colleagues to Scotland’s youth arts and cultural scene”.
Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot said, “Being able to share ideas, projects and experiences with our European neighbours is hugely valuable experience for young people. The NYAAG members have returned full of inspiration about how Scotland’s cultural sector can work together for the benefit of all young people.”