Help us create the world's longest youth-led spoken word poem! "I know, I wish, I will" aims to create a national moment in which we hear the voices of our young people, what they think of the world, how they wish it could be different and what they will do as champions of change.
We at Eastside will be working alongside five regional delivery partners to offer opportunities for children and young people across the nation to experience artist-led creative workshops. "I know, I wish, I will" will reach out to the nation's young people, helping them develop the confidence, knowledge and know how to write and perform their own original poetry.
Inspired by Eastside's 25th anniversary, the longest poem will be performed on World Poetry Day, 21st March 2020, in a youth led, live-streamed, 25-hour spoken word marathon at the West End's Criterion Theatre.
25 starter themes along the lines of friendship, where I live, my inner world, the environment, etc., will be championed by 25 creative celebrities to inspire thousands of young writers to articulate what they know about themselves and the world they live in; What they wish for themselves and the wider world; What they will do themselves and for the world as we move into the future. Each young persons entry will join the final poem, and document their perspectives on the world as England enters a new era post-Brexit.
This programme will welcome submissions from all young people across England (and the world!) via an online portal which will guide participants through the process. In addition, Eastside will work with our regional partners across Peterborough, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside and Gloucester to deliver a bespoke youth engagement programme. Regional artist led workshops will engage thousands of young people and teachers between Sept 2019 and January 2020 to catalyse new engagement with creative writing, spoken word and the overall programme.
To find out more about the project and how to submit work please see the " I know, I wish, I will " website.
Your donation will make these workshops a reality and make our young people's voices heard. Thank you so much.