A creative and entrepreneurial programme on youth protagonism, providing opportunities for young people living in underserved areas of the UK.  

The project is a three-part collaboration between People’s Palace Projects,  Contact Theatre, in Moston or Harpurhey, North Manchester and Battersea Arts Centre in Battersea/Clapham Junction, in London. It is modelled uses a creative and entrepreneurial methodology developed by Marcus Faustini in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Its methodology reverses the hierarchies of traditional creative and social projects by working from the young people’s vision and ideas. As creatives developing a project on their own right, The Agency supports them by funding their participation and project costs, developing skills and networks and creating an environment where young people can lead the delivery of their projects, businesses and events.

Since 2013, participants have developed socially engaged projects in fashion, gaming, music, sports, health, gastronomy and many other areas while being supported by a vast network of key local and industry professionals, artists, politicians, researchers and civil servants.

Emerging from an international network developed through PPP’s Points of Contact programme, The Agency had its implementation and first two years funded through the Participatory Performance Arts Award 2012 (Gulbenkian Foundation). From 2015, it has been funded by The Big Lottery, continuing to provide opportunities for young people living in underprivileged  areas of England. In 2017, the programme entered a new two year cycle of work at Battersea Arts Centre and Contact, and expanded to Cardiff and Belfast with two new partners: National Theatre Wales and Fablab Belfast.

The Agency – Agencia de Redes para Juventude

The Agencia de Redes para Juventude was conceived by Marcus Faustini in Rio de Janeiro and its methodology transferred to the UK.  The pilot was funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

On the video below from 2017,  Marcus Faustini, the founder of Agência de Redes para a Juventude, describes his journey and gives insight into what inspired him to create the methodology at the heart of The Agency.

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For more information about how to participate, please send your enquiry to Battersea Arts Centre or Contact Theatre. If you would like to support The Agency, including by being part of its network of advocates, please contact us contact@peoplespalace.org.uk

Click here to download the evaluation report (2013-2015).


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