The STEP Festival is the highlight of the STEP Year-Long Programme. Jam-packed with events, performances and workshops in celebration of theatre created by, with and for young people in Southwark, the Festival offers a diverse programme of free activities to all schools in Southwark, delivered by STEP and its many partner organisations.
STEP Festival activities cover the entire spectrum of the performing arts including drama and theatre, multicultural storytelling, dance, performance poetry, puppetry and mime, film, music and theatre criticism.
The Festival includes the bi-annual STEP Youth Theatre Showcase, presenting work from some of Southwark’s youth theatre groups and encouraging more young people from Southwark to get involved in youth theatre activities.
The STEP conference is the first ever conference STEP has delivered, and will close the STEP Festival. Taking place in February 2013, the STEP conference: ‘What Can Drama Do for Children and Young People and What Can Children and Young People Do for Drama?’ will support the value of theatre and drama with young people through critical evaluation and showcasing examples of best practice. Each project commissioned as part of the STEP Festival will respond to this theme, and develop a reflection or piece of research for the STEP Conference.
Ian McKellan, who opened the first STEP Festival in 2004