Excitement doesn’t cover it2 min read

“Excitement doesn’t cover it, it’s an adventure I’m ecstatic to begin working, with an organisation which utilises the full range of art forms…”

// Milena Nixon

// Milena Nixon

YDF23 Project Manager

As an Artist and Curator currently studying a Master’s In Contemporary Curating at Manchester School of Art I couldn’t be more excited about working with Peshkar as an Emerging project manager for the Young People’s Digital Festival 2023 edition.

Excitement doesn’t cover it, it’s an adventure I’m ecstatic to begin working, with an organisation which utilises the full range of art forms, creating a place for young people from different margins of society to have access to cultural offers and the arts which inturn enhances their life chances on a personal and professional level. As this is something that I never had an opportunity to take part in growing up in the cul de sac village of Hartford after moving from Poland. so it’s a privilege to be working with an amazing group that advocates art and creativity, no matter who you are.

But most importantly, as a Polish migrant who came to the U.K. as a inquisitive red glasses wearing 7 year old this is a great opportunity to give back, to collaboratively work with Peshkar, Oldham’s multicultural communities and it’s young people with a project that the child in me would love to take part in.

Which brings me to the idea or shall we say the thematic approach to this year’s festival…stripping back all the fancy speak and art talk and go back to the basics as I believe that if you’ve mastered the basics of anything especially digital technologies then the world is your oyster. And with the diverse population of different communities within Oldham and Greater Manchester and in turn all the different and wonderful mother tongue languages I want to look at exploring all these different languages through the use of different digital technologies and how we can channel all the different experiences and emotions young people from marginalised communities experience everyday in a society, in which English is the mother tongue. Questioning and experimenting how all this can be translated into visual imagery and language. Looking through the eyes of young people from all the world, and how they hear, see and experience life within an English society.

Milena Nixon, YDF23 Project Manager