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Led by Contact, Battersea Arts Centre and People’s Palace Projects, The Agency is a creative entrepreneurship programme that supports young people to make their ideas a reality. We’re pleased to announce that the project has secured just over £873,000 of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund to support a national roll-out over the next three years.

National Theatre Wales and FabLab Belfast will now join forces with us and the other lead partners to double the footprint of The Agency across the UK from September 2018, working with more young people than ever before.

The Agency supports young people, aged 15-25, through a rigorous 28-week creative training programme to develop their own social change projects with and for the community in which they live.

Originally developed in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, the programme has been successfully delivered in London and Manchester over the last 5 years by Contact and BAC.

    We’re incredibly excited about this major new development in what is a life-changing programme for young people. The journey of the project, from the favelas of Rio, to Manchester and London, and now to Wales and Northern Ireland, has been amazing. The young people involved have been consistently inspirational, and the projects they develop through the programme have genuine impact on their communities”.

    Matt Fenton, Artistic Director, Contact

    Download the full press release here.