WayWord, the new festival for young people, opens across Cheshire this month and runs from February 14-22.
Events take place in Chester, Winsford and Ellesmere Port with the main festival hub at Chester Town Hall.
As well as plenty for children and young families, the festival is also set to offer a wealth of opportunities for aspiring young creatives to get stuck in.
Boost your blog, practise stand-up poetry, take the 48 hour film challenge, learn to write code, take an acting class, write a new play, learn how to make an app or even get involved with student politics!
Festival manager Paul Lavin said: “WayWord is a different kind of festival because we’re focusing on activities for 16-24 year olds just as much as we are on children’s events.
“This age group are often ignored but during the festival week we’ve got: Blog North Awards founder Kate Feld running a masterclass in how to get the most out of your blog; the chance to learn and develop your coding skills with DigiEnable and the award-winning games agency ThoughtDen teaching us how to create our own apps.”
Meanwhile, the Grosvenor Park Young Theatre Company project will be launched at the festival –a unique experience for aspiring actors, directors, designers, stage managers and choreographers to work with the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre team.
A special launch event is taking place on Monday, February 17 and script reading, acting and writing classes run throughout the week.
And, if you thought poetry was about dead Victorians, prepare to be proved very wrong as four of the country’s funniest and liveliest stand-up poets descend on the city on Thursday, February 20 at 7.30pm.
Chester Town Hall will welcome poet extraordinaire Tim Clare, who returns to Chester after his hilarious poetry pub tour last summer; four million-hit YouTube sensation Mark Grist; radio presenter and playwright Molly Naylor and winner of New York’s infamous Nuyorican Poetry Café Slam Dominic Berry.
Tickets for WayWord events start at just £5 and workshops are just £15. To find out more, including how to book, visit www.wayword.co.uk.