About Us

Welcome to Young Identity

Young Identity (YI) is an arts organisation and a charity (charity no. 1181088). YI delivers dynamic poetry and spoken word workshops for young people; we work in partnership with Contact, HOME and Manchester Library Services.  Young Identity’s voice cuts through the noise. We are unique, different and stand out. We believe in the transformative power of the arts in young peoples’ lives.  Our mission is accessibility for all to the arts, writing and performance. A dynamic and innovative organisation, we nurture the talent of tomorrow, empowering disadvantaged and under-represented young people to fulfil their artistic potential.   Young Identity has worked with artists such as Lemn Sissay, international spoken word icon Saul Williams, dub poetry legend Linton Kwesi Johnson, Ted Hughes Prize Winner Kate Tempest and the late Amiri Baraka. The work of Young Identity has also featured at Manchester International Festival as part of FlexN (a dance style pioneered by New York’s Reggie Roc Gray), a collaboration between local dancers and the poetry collective to explore new ways of storytelling through words and movement. YI have performed all over the UK, from the South Bank Centre including the National Theatre in London to Hay Festival in Herefordshire as well as internationally at The Schaubuhne in Berlin to Frankfurt International School Youth Poetry Slam in Germany to America’s YI have performed at Brave New Voices to Nuyorican Poetry Café.

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