It is with much sadness that we have taken the decision to postpone our literature festival. Given current conditions and advice, we want to ensure that all our audiences, authors, volunteers and staff remain as healthy as possible and we feel it is our duty and responsibility to protect others by not proceeding with our events at this time.

We are currently investigating options for rescheduling events and ask that you bear with us in the meantime whilst we talk with different venues and authors. We are also in talks with our box office - run externally - and appreciate your patience whilst we finalise information for those who have purchased tickets for events due to take place at the end of March. We will keep you informed as soon as we have further information.

Thank you all for your continued support - as a charity we rely so much on income from our audiences and sponsors to keep running and hope that, however uncertain the future is at present, we can continue to bring high-quality, inspiring multi-arts experiences to the Midlands.

(Last Updated: 17th March)

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01543 306 150

Young Critics



What does it involve?

-The ASPIRE Young Critics will be made up of young writers aged 18 and under.
-They will be given a special pass and tickets to attend events at the Lichfield Festival in July 2020.
-They will have the opportunity to work alongside the Festival team, meet with artists and develop their writing skills.
-For every show that a Young Critic attends we will ask them to write a short review, which will be posted onto our Festival blog. For 2019 we are thrilled
-Please note – we cannot guarantee that you will get to see every show that you want to. If there is something you do not want to miss out on please book a ticket through the box office to be sure that you can attend it.
-We allocate all shows according to the appropriate age range of the Young Critic.

Who are we looking for?

-Young writers aged 18 and under.
-Someone with an interest in the arts and being creative.
-Young people looking to develop their skills in writing and journalism.
-Someone who can work quickly and meet deadlines.
-Someone with enthusiasm.
-Someone who is willing to see new performances and try new things.
-Someone with a flair for writing.

How can I get involved?

-Write a review of the last play, concert, live event or film that you watched. Tell us what you thought about it and what made it stand out to you.
-Send your review to us with the application form by 25th May 2020 –you can send it my post or email ([email protected]).
-Once all the applications have been received we will read each one carefully and choose our panel of reviewers.
-We will be looking to put together a really mixed group of all ages, boys and girls, beginners or experienced writers.
-We will let you know our decision by 15th June 2020.
-If you are successful you will be invited to meet all of the Young Critics before the Festival. You will be given your tickets to see the performance and advice on writing your reviews.
-You will need to be available on some dates from 5-13 July 2020

If you have any questions please contact [email protected]