Creative Voice Youth Arts

Creative Voice engages young people aged 13 to 19 years across the city, in youth centres and arts organisations such as Kingston Youth Centre and Hull New Theatre.  These activities are free or low cost.

You can take part in -

  • creative workshops in music, dance, theatre and visual arts (available as either taster sessions or progression workshops)
  • perform at events
  • work towards an art award
  • have your say in youth arts development

Access our 'Cardboard Bedroom' video made by young people on our Creative Voice Facebook page


Youth Dance

Creative Voice offers young people the chance to take part in different dance styles and work towards local and regional youth dance platforms.

Hull Dance Youth Company are based at Horncastle Building, Hull College and meet weekly. Young people audition in September and commit to creating work for performance at Creative Voice Dance and Fresh, the regional platform. The Company work with Hull based professional contemporary dance company Lo:cus Dance Theatre.

United Dance Company meet weekly and are based at Horncastle Building, Hull College and is open to young people age 12 to 16 years old. They are part of development work by Dance United Yorkshire with a focus on contemporary dance.

Dance sessions also run at youth centres. Contemporary dance is at Ainthorpe Youth Centre and street dance is at Route One and Astra youth centres.

NYDC Hull operates as a company, with young people able to access via Creative Voice and Hull and East Riding Dance Hub progression routes. It is project based and in partnership with National Youth Dance Company who are based at Sadlers Wells, London. Young people are able to -

  • work with young dancers from the country
  • be inspired by nationally renowned choreographers
  • work towards performances


Weekly rock and pop music sessions take place at a variety of youth centres including -

  • Access Rock at Kingston Youth Centre
  • Mad About Music at Kingston Wesley Church
  • MCing at Hut Youth Centre

Hush is a series of gigs and workshops which take place in a variety of city centre settings for 14 to 19 year olds. So far gigs have been held in unusual places such as Annison Building and George Street car park. The workshops support young people with the skills to perform at gigs and have included song writing, performing with confidence and starting out.

Rhythm Pixies offers the chance to mix urban and world music styles with professional musicians Donna Smith and DJ Chile. There is a particular focus on African Rhythm. 

Access Rhythm Pixies Facebook page for more information

Music projects are developed in partnership with Music 4U. Music 4U is a youth music funded project coordinated by Early Music Centre in York in partnership with Hull, East Riding and York Councils.  It aims to engage young people in inclusive music making activity.

Visual arts, creative writing and performing arts

Creative Voice works in partnership with Bransholme Community Arts Enterprise to host Creative Club at Hull College. It is for young people with disabilities who are aged 15 to 26 years, interested and committed to the arts. Visual arts sessions run weekly with once a month Saturday masterclasses in performing arts. 

Project H

Young people meet monthly to develop their poetry and creative writing in partnership with Humber Mouth Literature Festival and The Writing Squad. It is for 16 to 20 year olds interested in working with professionals to become an even better writer. There is also the opportunity to create an event for Humber Mouth such as something to read out or have someone else perform, a film and show or a sound piece. Anything a festival audience may enjoy.

Find out more information by visiting the Humber Mouth website

Access the Writing Squad website to find out about up to date activities in Hull

Hull New Theatre

Creative Voice also runs masterclass workshops in performing arts during school holiday times with Hull New Theatre and Freedom Road Creative Arts, building towards the Youth Arts Festival in October half term.

Platforms and exhibitions

Join a creative workshop and you could become involved in one of our Creative Voice performance events which celebrate, promote and showcase young artistic talent in Hull. Events include -

  • Youth dance platform every January which also showcases companies wanting to apply to the regional platform FRESH
  • COOLture - a culture showcase with workshops every May or June
  • Hush gigs – secret gigs in unusual places
  • Colours of Music - an inclusive orchestra held every July in partnership with Spin Off Productions
  • Youth Arts Festival – October half term – workshops and performances

For further information email