SPARK Youth Arts Festival 2023

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; a practice exchange session for youth workers, youth arts practitioners and artists; 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 2023! SPARK Mini Grants for youth arts workshops are also available, with a deadline of January 30th, 2023.

Book your place!

Event 1 – Monday 20th – Making a Difference: Impact and Youth Arts

February 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm GMT
Join us for the SPARK Youth Arts Festival launch 2023 as we invite guest speakers and participants t...

Event 2 – Tuesday 21st – Youth Arts SPEAKS

February 21 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm GMT
Join us online on February 21st to hear directly from young people about their experience of youth a...

Event 3 – Wednesday 22nd – Community of Practice: Music

February 22 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm GMT
Join us in Dublin to explore inspiring music practice with young people in youth work, youth arts an...

Event 4 – Thursday 23rd – The Creative Lens: Photography and Evaluation Workshop

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm GMT
This practical training workshop will explore photography as an exciting creative medium for engagin...

Event 5 – Friday 24th – Youth Arts Showcase

February 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm GMT
Join us for an online celebration of youth arts projects happening around the country. Spark your in...

Mini Grants

We are delighted to invite applications for our SPARK Mini-Grants worth €300. The purpose of this grant is to support youth arts taster workshops for young people aged 10 to 25 in youth work and non-formal education settings.

Contact Us

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!


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.