Six events we can't wait to see at UNCON 2.0

Are you ready for UNCON 2.0?

This free, all-day youth arts event has been created by the National Youth Arts Advisory Group (NYAAG) – a collective of 30 arts-loving volunteers aged 15-24 from around the country.

Its main aim is to showcase and celebrate some of the amazing young talent that Scotland has to offer.

2018’s event is taking place on Saturday 22 September at Perth Theatre. The full programme was announced just last week, and to be fair, we’re excited about every single event. Somehow, we’ve managed to picked just six from that list that we can't wait for.

1. Creative activity: Exercise your Right to Play 

What happens when you combine circuit training with creativity? Rumpus Room and The Bold Collective are here to help you find out. This unique creative activity invites participants to ‘strengthen your play muscles and get the chance to tell us what motivates and excites you to play.’ Those taking part can experiment with art materials and make up a new game to share. 

For ages 5-12. 10.30am – 12pm, Café Bar downstairs.

2. Workshop: St Albert’s Primary School Guide to Contemporary Art 

Where do you start and what do you look out for on a gallery visit? That’s the main question that St Albert’s Primary School pupils were looking to answer with their exhibition at Tramway earlier this year. Inspired by this, some of the pupils are leading an interactive, hands-on activity. Participants can explore ways to look at and understand contemporary art, and create their own mini-guide to take home.

For ages 5+. 12pm - 1pm, The Space 1.

3. Workshop: Scottish Dance Theatre/This Is Me Company 

In this important and dynamic event, T.I.M Company, a group of young women from Tayside, will lead a movement workshop and show an excerpt of Give\Take: a dance theatre work about consent. 

For ages 12+. 3.10pm - 4.10pm, The Space 1 and 2.

4. Talk/panel session: Global Connections 

As well as workshops and performances, UNCON 2.0 also has a rich programme of talks and panels. This session will explore ideas of cross-cultural identity, connection and belonging. As part of this event, you can also catch an excerpt fro 1,210km, an explosive new show created by award-winning young performance companies Junction 25 from Glasgow and Theatre an der Parkaue from Berlin. 

For ages 10+. 4pm - 4.45pm, Theatre.

5. Exhibition: John Byrne Award, Exhibiting Critical, Creative Work 

The John Byrne Award is a national art competition and online platform for 16 to 30 year olds – which provides a unique snapshot of the questions that young people are asking right now. At this event, you can see selected works from the award programme, including photography and moving image, which explore pressing issues of politics, health, society, technology and the environment. You can see it in Perth as part of UNCON 2.0, but this exhibition will run until 22 November (free but ticketed).

For all ages. 10am – 7pm, Threshold Artspace.

6. Interactive performance: The Tinderbox Orchestra

Tinderbox is an Edinburgh-based alternative youth orchestra, which is all about inclusivity. The youth arts organisation has many strands, from performance to songwriting, but their Project 83 is a method of creating an orchestral improvisation using only visual cues. This puts the power to create a spontaneous and dynamic music performance at the fingertips of the audience. Fancy having a bash?

For all ages. 2.30pm - 2.50pm, Theatre.

UNCON 2.0 is taking place at Perth Theatre on Saturday 22 September. Follow #TTSUncon to be the first to find out. Book your free ticket at The full programme is available to download below.

UNCON 2.0 Programme

View and download the UNCON 2.0 programme in .pdf format.

This article was published on 30 Aug 2018