#BridgingBlackburn is a collaborative project which brings together young people interested in social action from SLYNCS and a site-specific theatre company from the Netherlands – PeerGrouP.

#BridgingBlackburn is an evolving project which aims to give participants space to explore, grow and creatively respond to what is discovered along the way.

SLYNCS (Strengthening Links between the Youth and Networks, Communities and Specialists) supports young people to develop and deliver projects which tackle issues which they and those in their communities face. Through #BridgingBlackburn, supported by Culturapedia, SLYNCS will work alongside PeerGrouP, arts practitioners from the Netherlands in order to share, (re)discover and celebrate the communities and context in which they live.

Through a series of conversations via Skype and site-visits between Blackburn and the rural town of Donderen, Netherlands the group are considering how to build bridges between different communities, cities and countries. One such difference (and similarity) which has been explored through #BridgingBlackburn has been the generational divide – particularly in reference to approaches to the digital world. The young people from SLYNCS are from, the so-called, Generation W (born from 2000) and their relationship with the digital is fluid, significant and ‘natural’. #BridgingBlackburn has embraced this and encourages the use of digital tools to nurture the building of relationships across the different countries involved.

The group will share their experiences through a piece of site-specific theatre in Summer 2017.