February 14–18 2022

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!

Join us for panel discussions, youth arts training, drop-in discussion forums for youth workers and youth arts practitioners, a youth arts advocacy event for young people (18-25), and a showcasing event for youth arts projects which will culminate with the launch of the Artist and Youth Work Residency Grant scheme for 2022! SPARK mini-grants for youth arts workshops are also available, with a deadline in January 2022.

Book your place now:

Event 1 – Monday 14th – Working Together: Collaboration in Youth Arts

What can we achieve when we work together? How can collaboration support the strategic development of youth arts in Ireland?

Event 2 – Tuesday 15th – Youth Arts Live

Join us online to hear directly from young people about their experience of youth arts, the role it has played in their lives and their vision for youth arts in Ireland.

Event 3 – Wednesday 16th – Youth Arts Drop-In

Join National Youth Arts Programme staff and other youth workers, youth arts practitioners and artists for a cup of tea, chats, peer exchange, problem-solving and inspiration.

Event 4 – Thursday 17th – Filmmaking in Youth Work Settings

Gain basic practical and creative skills in film making when working with young people in youth work settings.

Event 5 – Friday 18th – Youth Arts Showcase

Join us for an online celebration of youth arts projects happening around the country.


We would be delighted to hear from you if you have any questions about getting involved in SPARK Youth Arts Festival this year! Please do get in touch also if you want to chat more generally about developing youth arts in your work with young people or getting involved in our new Youth Arts Programme Working Group to help support our Programme activities and planning.

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. Youth Arts Live is delivered in partnership with the Young Irish Filmmakers and Youth Theatre Ireland.