Contact's pioneering international theatre festival for young people
Contacting the World 2004 was produced in partnership with the British Council as part of its Connecting Futures initiative.
Its focus was to increase the mutual understanding of young people from different cultural backgrounds. Theatre companies from Syria, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Malaysia worked together with groups from Manchester, Oldham, London, Cumbernauld, Leeds and Bradford.
A new addition to the festival week was the preparation of a ’street performance’ for the final day of the festival, with contributions from Contacting the World participants and local Manchester young people, led by 2002 participant company ‘Arts in Action’ from Trinidad.
Another development was the increased attendance by youth arts professionals from around the world, who were keen to learn more about international young theatre makers.
Following this festival, Contacting the World was given quality status from UNESCO’s International Fund for the Promotion of Culture in 2005.
- Ancient Theatre Company, Nigeria
- Asian Theatre School, Bradford, UK
- Black Fish Comedy Theatre Troupe, Pakistan
- Brilliant, Manchester, UK
- Cumbernauld Youth Theatre, Scotland, UK
- Chicken Shed Youth Theatre, London, UK
- Performing Arts Centre, Jordan
- Peshkar, Oldham, UK
- Tarunya, Bangladesh, UK
- Theatre Royal Stratford East Youth Theatre, London
- The Studio Theatre, Syria
- Zao Xin Chang Theatre Troupe, Malaysia