SPARK Youth Arts Festival 2024

February 19th – 24th

SPARK Youth Arts Festival is a national event to explore, discuss and celebrate the inspiring world of youth arts practice in Ireland. Take part and spark your interest in developing youth arts activities with young people and embedding youth arts practice in your work!


The thematic focus of the 2024 festival is celebrating and promoting Inclusion in youth arts. We will be creating space to share good practice, learn and take positive action to collaboratively work towards a more culturally inclusive youth arts community.


Our programme feature: webinars, panel discussions & case studies, youth arts training; a youth arts advocacy event for young people (18-25), the SPARK Mini-Grant scheme, a showcasing event for youth arts projects and the launch of the Artist and Youth Work Residency Grant Scheme for 2024!


Join us from February 19th – 24th for a celebration of youth arts!


For more information, contact Rhona Dunnett at

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SPARK Mini-Grant Scheme 2024: Open for Applications!

NYCI’s National Youth Arts Programme is delighted to invite applications for our SPARK Mini-Grants worth €300!

The Mini-Grants aim to support youth arts taster workshops for young people aged 10 to 25 in youth work and non-formal education settings – sparking young people’s interest in new art forms and ideas as well as supporting new working relationships with local artists! This year, in keeping with the thematic focus of the 2024 festival, the SPARK mini-grant is also focused on promoting Inclusion!

Application Deadline: Monday, January 29th @ 5pm

Contact Us

Please do get in touch if you want to chat about developing youth arts in your work with young people!


Email: ¦ Tel: 01 478 4122


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SPARK Youth Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council and the Department for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.