Mascot Shannon Peake with Ronan Tester (Youth Forum) and Mags Anderson, Education & Schools Marketing Officer at the Millennium Forum pictured at the launch of the INTERACT Youth Arts Festival 2022 in the Millennium Forum. Picture Martin McKeown. 07.06.22


The Millennium Forum yesterday launched the brand new programme for its upcoming InterAct Youth Arts Festival which takes place from Wed 13th until Thurs 21st July.

Back for its 14th year, the festival is brought to you by the Millennium Forum and its fantastic Youth Forum who have helped lead and inform all the countless workshops that are on offer. This year there is something for everyone aged 12 to 21; whether you are an art enthusiast, drama queen, or if you love to sing your heart out, there are lots of hands-on workshops all led by professional facilitators to help ensure you learn new skills and, most importantly, have fun! All workshops are free and accessible to attend.

Mags Anderson, Education and Outreach Officer of the Millennium Forum is looking forward to a jam packed festival. She said:

“I really hope you enjoy this year’s festival. InterAct keeps developing year on year and we are excited to be back doing what we love after two long years of Covid restrictions. The festival is such a great opportunity for young people to get involved in. This year, expect colour, noise, laughter, energy and lots of surprises!
This year we are delighted to be able to partner with three community centres, St Mary’s Youth Club, Tullyally Community Centre and Fountain Street Community Centre in Strabane, who will be challenged with putting a play on in a day. They will then come together on the magnificent Millennium Forum stage to showcase their work collaboratively. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners, facilitators and our funders, Derry and Strabane District Council and Arts Council NI who help make this festival a reality.”

Star of Derry Girls, Jamie-Lee O’ Donnell, who is also the Youth Patron of the Millennium Forum, added:

“This fully inclusive festival provides a brilliant opportunity to access the best of the arts that Derry has to offer (all for free) as well as the experience to perform on the iconic Millennium Forum stage. Well done Youth Forum for another class InterAct festival!”

Chair of the Youth Forum, Ronan Tester, encourages all young people to get involved. He said:

“Our Youth Forum is really happy to be back. We have learnt so much organising this festival and have gained new skills. It has really helped my confidence and the best part is making new friendships and watching the festival come to life. Come along. Try something new. You won’t be disappointed!”

The InterAct festival kicks off on Wed 13th – Thurs 21st July in the Millennium Forum with some events this year taking place in St Mary’s Youth Club, Tullyally Community Centre and Fountain Street Community Centre. It will culminate in a public showcase on 21st July at the Millennium Forum, highlighting all the amazing work achieved during the festival.

The workshops are now open for booking. To book, telephone the Forum Box Office on 02871 264455 or visit www.millenniumfourm.co.uk. For further information, contact Magsc@millenniumforum.co.uk.