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Young Producers

Peterborough is a young city. 35% of people who call this city their home are aged under 25. We think that 35% deserve to be represented in the arts and culture in Peterborough. We want to create more Young Producers in Peterborough. We will do this by training our city's young people to take the lead in delivering a creative project in the city. Every so often we run Training Weekenders for people aged 16-25 who are interested in having a career in the arts, but don’t know where to start. Check our What’s On page to see when the next one is coming up!

We also run the Emerge Young Producer commission which will award 12 young people with a grant to design and implement their own creative activity in Peterborough.

The Emerge Young Producer Commissions provide applicants with a project budget of up to £3,000, plus a mentor and an expenses budget to enable them to realise their own arts activity. There will be six Emerge commissions per year.

Applications for the Emerge Young Producers Commissions are open! You can find out how to apply here. For more ideas for projects, read on below, and don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter.


What is a creative producer?

A creative producer is someone who makes things happen. They organise events, start new projects, find funding and provide opportunities for people to take part in the arts. The Emerge programme is designed to equip participants with the skills, contacts and funds  that they need to deliver their own creative project in Peterborough. We’re open to all kinds of arts forms; music, film, visual art, literature, theatre…. The only criteria is that your project must provide opportunities for others to take part. So you could:

  • Create an interactive art installation

  • Work with a community organisation to run new arts activities

  • Launch a regular event night

  • Commission artists to work with you in delivering your project

You don’t need to have every detail worked out when you apply, just the beginning of a good idea that we can help you shape into something great.

Photo: Wonderland

Photo: Wonderland

Previous events:

  • The Secret Circus (Feb 2015)

Emerge took over the Key Theatre for a weekend of workshops, performances and installations. The final programme included walking Phalanges, live music from local performers, award-winning theatre from 20 Stories High and workshops with leading companies such as Zoo Nation and Frantic Assembly. Emerge members curated the installations, commissioned the workshops and created a late night Freakshow.

  • Emerge stage at the Peterborough Presents Music Takeover (Apr 2015)

Peterborough’s music makers took over the city centre for a unique day of performances. Emerge members had their own stage in H&M showcasing the city’s up and coming singers and songwriters. The stage was programme, promoted and sound engineered by Emerge members.

  • Wonderland (Oct 2015)

Emerge took over the Solstice for a Sunday of poetry, music, dance, food, and madness. The event was loosely themed around the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. Wonderland featured some literal homages to Alice – yep, you guessed it, there was a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – as well as more subtle interpretations of the novel’s themes.

  • Wash Your Dirty Linen in Public (Feb 2016)

‘Wash Your Dirty Linen in Public‘ at City Gallery, was Peterborough’s first ever live art exhibition. It featured socially engaged live performances from Peterborough based artists and Emerge interns Gaganpreet Gill Kaur, Charlotte Barlow, and Penelope Harrall. The durational performances saw the three artists performing in the gallery for up to six hours a day. The artists worked with everyday objects, and City Gallery became a fluid, interchanging space of chutney, tampons, and washing powder.

  • Wet Sounds (Aug 2016)

'Wet Sounds' was an underwater music experience at Peterborough Lido.