Bright Lights: Youth Arts Festival 2024

Tuesday 20 February – Saturday 24 February

A week of free workshops, performances and screenings to run alongside the Bright Lights Youth Arts Exhibition.

All workshops are free and suitable for ages 11-19 year olds unless noted.


Bright Lights Film Shorts Showcase
Wednesday 21st February, 6:30pm, Free
Ages 8+
Join Washington Young Film Makers Collective for a night of short films! 

Growing Pains
Thursday 22nd February, 6:30pm, £5 (adults)/£3 (students)
Ages 11+
Sunderland College present a night of stand-up comedy, poignant spoken word poetry, soul-stirring songs, captivating movement, and inspirational monologues on the subject of growing up.

Washington Emerging
Friday 23rd February, 6pm-9pm, £2.50
All Ages
An evening of performances by the North East’s best up-and-coming young musicians, plus craft stalls from Washington MIND’s Teenage Market and drop-in arts activities.


Creative Typography
Tuesday 20 February, 1pm-3pm
Learn how to use creative typography to illustrate everything music.

Mask Making (SEN-Friendly)
Tuesday 20 February, 1pm-3pm
Learn about masking in autistic people and make your own mask to represent you and the things you love.

Stop-Motion Animation
Wednesday 21 February, 10am-3pm
Make a character, create a world for them to exist in and then bring it all to life using traditional animation methods.

Make a Play in a Day!
Wednesday 21 February, 10am-3pm
Make a play using creative exercises, improvisation and working in teams to create interesting characters and scenes.

Creative You Junior… Mini Masterpiece!
Thursday 22 February, 10am-3pm
A day of activities designed to unleash your creativity.

Metal Embossing
Thursday 22 February, 10:30am-12:30pm
Learn the skills to emboss a recycled metal sheet and create a positive word, symbol or design on metal.

T-Shirt Design
Thursday 22 February, 1pm-3pm
Experiment with a range of fashion illustration techniques and take home a unique hand painted t-shirt!

Friday 23 February, 10:30am-12:30pm
Explore familiar and strange landscapes, write about the planet, nature and what’s important to you.

An Introduction to DJ’ing
Friday 23 February, 10:30am-12:30pm
Learn how to mix, scratch and create your own DJ set.

Song Writing
Friday 23 February, 1pm-4pm
Creative process from scratch – composing the song, creating the arrangement and rehearsing the song.

Animation (SEN-Friendly)
Friday 23 February, 1pm-3pm
Learn about different animation techniques, design your own characters, and add sound effects to bring them to life.

Creative Youth Challenge with Curious Arts
Saturday 24 February, 10am-2:30pm
Join Curious Arts at Arts Centre Washington and take part in a day filled with banner making, creative writing and more!

Bright Lights Youth Arts Festival is supported by Sunderland City Council’s Washington Area Committee as part of our Creative You Project.

Bright Lights Fringe at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Bright Lights Festival Fringe: Young People’s Cyanotype Workshop
Monday 19 February 
1pm – 3pm (Learning Space),
£5 per person  
Ages 12+
Love photography? Love wildlife? Bring your passions together in this fun workshop create cyanotype photography inspired by ocean landscapes.

Bright Lights Festival Fringe: Digital Nature Photography Walk

Tuesday 20 February
11am – 1pm (Learning Space)
£5 per person
Ages 8 – 12 years

Pick up some top digital photography tips then head out into Mowbray Park for a photography walk to capture plant, wildlife and landscape images.

Wild Prints
Thursday 22 February, 11am – 12.30pm (Learning Space)
£2 per person
Ages 8 – 12
Make your own relief printed pictures inspired by animals and landscapes in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

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