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It's simple. Come to a Festival event and write a review of your experience.
Young Festival Critics is an exciting scheme enabling young people, who have a passion for the arts and writing to explore new experiences while building their writing and CV skills.
We will ask the critics to focus on writing meaningful observations looking at the relationship between the performing arts and reviewing. The Festival offers a world class programme of events to cover. The scheme enables young people to not only experience new work, but also attend some of the Festivals amazing venues around Berkshire.
The reviews can be anything from a tweet to a video diary and anyone between the age of 16 and 30 can apply to be a YOUNG CRITIC. We will provide our YOUNG CRITICS with a reviewer's pack and tips on how to write a review as well as feature the best ones on this website.
Education is an important part of the Newbury Festival. We have worked hard to develop our young people's programme, which is present in many elements of the festival, from the educational programme, our master classes, the schools programme, the Piano Competition and Young Artists Lunchtime series.
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There are a prizes for the best an most well written reviews
£100 top prize and 2 x £50 for the runners up.
Edward Seckerson - Formerly Chief Classical Music Critic of the Independent, still reporting for several national newspapers.
Kate Green – Editor of Country Life magazine.
Trish Lee – Arts Editor, Newbury weekly News
Giles Woodforde – Arts Critic, Oxford Times
Chief Classical Music Critic, The Independent
"Criticism is still so misunderstood. Is it good or bad, the best or the worst, we critics are asked - and no matter how many times we care to explain that things are rarely black or white and it's the shades of grey in between that make something interesting or not the most sensational quotes will always make their way on to the hoardings and the well written, well balanced, review will more as not be put to one side.
For me the opinion has always mattered less than the way in which it is expressed and in an age where the most outspoken among us don't always feel it is necessary to substantiate their views in any thoughtful, meaningful, way it's great that schemes like Newbury's Young Festival Critics are giving a platform to budding young arts enthusiasts with something to say.
Sharing the experience of a play, a film, a concert, or piece of art or literature is what it is all about. The best critics make us feel part of that experience whether or not we were there ourselves. I like to think that doing so is an art in itself."
Made possible by Greenham Common Trust