A brand new website which has been launched for creative young people in Fife is just the start of a number of exciting projects happening across the Kingdom this year.
The #Hub8 site has been created as part of the Fife Youth Arts Hub, and is designed to complement the work that’s being carried out at the seven ‘hubs’ for young people and the arts throughout the region.
The initiative is creating projects, activities and opportunities within the arts for children and young people from birth to 25.
#Hub8 was launched with a special event - and social media party - held at Rothes Halls in Glenrothes last Thursday.
Young people attended the two-hour event and were able to celebrate the website’s launch as well as taking part in a digital photography workshop.
But for those unable to make it on the day, they could experience the whole thing online via Twitter and Instagram.
Janet Robertson, manager of Fife Youth Arts Hub, said she was delighted with the success of the launch and explained that #Hub8 is an online digital platform for all things youth arts in Fife.
She said: “Launching this online platform for young people and the arts in Fife is really exciting.
“In the first day of #Hub8 being live it received nearly 1500 views which is fantastic.
“It’s just one part of the Fife Youth Arts Hub, but it’s an important one and one that we hope will be a great resource.”
#Hub8, which can be found at hub8fife.com, enables young people to share their own work in the arts, find other creative young people to work with, celebrate their achievements, be inspired by work that’s happening in Fife and find out how to get actively involved in being creative.
Janet continued: “We want young people to upload their work so they can share it with others and as a way of finding young people to collaborate with. Anyone under the age of 25 is welcome to get involved and be a part of this. “There’s no reason not to join in.”
And following the launch of the website, the FYAH team can now look ahead to plans for the rest of the year, with many of those things coming up having been shaped by young people’s views following the Exploring Youth Arts Fife ‘Take a Bite’ roadshow last year.
Janet said: “We have activity happening in the seven areas of Fife already.
“And we will continue to develop things including hub clubs in libraries across Fife enabling people to be digitally creative, whether it’s through coding, designing apps, film making or photography composition.
“We’re going to be looking at opportunities for young directors and young connectors.
“The young directors are essentially the steering group, which will be similar to a board, that will have input into the direction of travel for the hubs.
“While the connectors will be citizen journalists if you like, keeping people up to date with what’s happening and sharing opportunities with other young people.
“By the end of January we’ll have a lot of planning for the year in place.
“We’ve got some of it coming together already and it’s looking super exciting, including working with national organisations for a project for young musicians, chamber musicians in particular.
“We’ll also have a project working on film and digital story telling and a whole variety of other projects available across all the areas.
“We have a residency with YDance starting in Lochgelly and Cowdenbeath. We’ll also be working in partnership with All or Nothing aerial arts specialists to give young people the chance to try their hand at the aerial arts.”
And as well as creating new chances for young people to get involved, the Fife Youth Arts Hubs will be building on projects that are already open to young people.
Janet added: “We have some very big projects in the pipeline and we are looking to work with partner organisations towards a community festival featuring multi arts and the work of children and young people.
“We’re looking for the festival to happen this year towards the end of July.
“We’re hoping to invite the other hubs across Scotland to bring their work to our event and then we hope to have some of the work that’s being done in Fife having a presence at the Edinburgh Fringe.
“There’s a lot of stuff happening, but we are hoping to have a lot of the planning done in the next few weeks and there are very exciting times ahead.”
Keep up to date with all that’s going on by visiting www.hub8fife.com.
Nurturing young talent
In April 2014 Creative Scotland announced an investment of £3.1 million to support the development of nine Youth Arts Hubs across Scotland from 2014-2016 and Fife is one of the biggest!
The funding is to support the delivery of Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy ‘Time to Shine’ with each hub acting as a focal point for regional youth arts, nurturing and celebrating ambition, enthusiasm and talent in young people by improving the regional infrastructure.
Children and young people are the key stakeholders and decision makers for each hub and will define their priorities and preferred activities.
All activities within the two year programme are free of charge and help with travel costs can be supported.
Fife Youth Arts Hub (FYAH) is led by Fife Cultural Trust with Fife Council as its lead partner.
The work of the Hub is also accessible online through the new #HUB8 website.
A host of national and regional partners are keen to work with children and young people in Fife through the hub.