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16-18 year olds from Belfast/Greater Belfast wanted for creative leadership project.

Posted on 14th August 2017 | Cinemagic News

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People and George Best Belfast City Airport are calling for teenagers, aged 16-18, from Belfast/Greater Belfast to participate in a new creative leadership programme for young people, supported by the Airport’s Community Fund and by Arts and Business Northern Ireland’s Investment Programme.

The programme is aimed at inspiring and motivating young people, to develop their self-confidence, increase their awareness of mental health issues and explore their talents and skills. Participants will meet over 8 months from September 2017 to take part in workshops, talks and practical challenges which will explore different art forms including film, television, creative writing and music.
Workshops will be hosted by professionals from the world of film, theatre, music, business and sport and the culmination of the project will be celebrated with a showcase event to illustrate the achievements of the young people including an OCN accreditation in Leadership in the Community for those that participate.

Joan Burney Keatings MBE, Cinemagic Chief Executive said:“We are thrilled to be developing our partnership with George Best Belfast City Airport with this new creative leadership programme for teenagers supported by Arts & Business Northern Ireland. Cinemagic’s ethos to inspire, motivate and educate young people is at the forefront of everything we do and there is a natural fit with the Airport’s community and young people objectives to encourage young people to become life-long learners, to become socially responsible citizens and meaningful participants in a culturally diverse society.”

Michelle Hatfield, Director of HR and Corporate Responsibility said:“At the airport, we have worked with Cinemagic on a number of projects over the last few years through our Community Fund. We have been able to see first-hand the impact that involving young people in meaningful projects can have and believe that this new programme will help empower the young people taking part and encourage them to fulfil their aspirations.At the airport, we have a dedicated Community Commitment Plan, and two of the key strands are Community and Education, making this project with Cinemagic a natural match for us. We look forward to meeting all of the young leaders and working with them on this exciting, new project.”


Brona Whittaker, Arts Manager at Arts and Business Northern Ireland added: “The creative leadership programme for teenagers is an amazing opportunity for participants to develop leadership skills, increase confidence, increase awareness of mental health and explore their true flair and potential.The skills learnt by the teenagers on this programme will give them a strong foundation which will afford them the confidence to search for new opportunities in their future. The engagement with George Best Belfast City Airport through staff volunteering as youth ambassadors and mentors for the young people shows a strong arts, business partnership which will drive the success of the programme.”

If you are aged 16 – 18 and would like to apply for this exciting opportunity please contact Sean Boyle at Cinemagic (sean@cinemagic.org.uk 028 90 311 900) to request an application form. Deadline for applications is 14th September.


Participants must be available for all dates of the programme which will run in Belfast from 10am-3pm on the following dates: 23rd September, 4th November, 18th November, 2nd December, 20th January 2018, 17th February 2018 and 24th March 2018. October dates will be part of the annual Cinemagic Film Festival. Note additional dates will be agreed for the showcase event.

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Press Information: Claire Shaw, Cinemagic Press & Marketing Officer, 028 90 311 900  claire@cinemagic.org.uk