Free course for young creatives starts in September - and you can sign up now

Date published: 18 June 2024

Young performers, visual artists, writers, and budding events producers in the borough of Oldham are invited to find out what it takes to work in the creative industries on a unique free course.

Starting in September and running until the end of the year, weekly sessions at the Lyceum Theatre will explore pathways into arts careers. 

The course has been created by Mossley-based arts organisation Global Grooves, which has over 20 years' experience of producing arts events internationally and developing young talent.

Participants will have the opportunity to create their own event, as well as working as part of the Global Grooves team on a series of exciting winter happenings. 

Young people aged 16-18 who live in Oldham borough and have an interest in music, dance, spoken word, circus, carnival, creative writing, comedy, visual arts and more can apply for one of 20 free places.

The course, called Creative Careers, starts on Monday, September 9, 2024 and runs until Monday, December 9, 2024.

Weekly sessions will be from 6.15pm-8.30pm.

Participants will enjoy talks from inspirational guest speakers and will get access to mentoring opportunities.

They will learn about freelancing in the arts, and about designing and delivering events, getting the chance to work alongside arts professionals. 

Global Grooves will also support participants with follow up volunteering, placement and employment opportunities. There is the option to work towards an Arts Award qualification.

Travel expenses can be claimed back and people interested to join the course are asked to contact organisers ahead of time to discuss any access requirements.

Holly Prest, artistic director at Global Grooves, said: "This course is for 16-18 year olds who feel excited about learning new things and exploring their creative side.

"By joining this course, you can gain a deeper understanding of what goes on in the arts industry behind-the-scenes, through weekly practical tasks that challenge and inspire you.

"You will also become part of a brand new network of young creatives in Oldham and the surrounding areas.

"If you have an interest in the arts, this is the perfect place to channel your passion, curiosity and drive."

Applications for the Creative Careers course by Global Grooves are via this form and must be received before 6pm on Monday, September 2, 2024.

Questions can be sent to: and queries about access requirements to: or 0161 870 6895.

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