We are really excited to announce that the theme of the 2019 Now Festival will be: ‘Rise-Up’ Adverse Childhood Experience and Resilience. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that affect children while growing up, such as suffering child maltreatment or living in a household affected by domestic violence, substance misuse or mental illness. The festival will showcase a mixture of drama, dance, musical theatre and film, all exploring the life-long effects of childhood. How does it affect our health, our mental health? Is there any truth to the saying ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’? What enables some people to be resilient and rise up against all the odds?
Come along to listen to real life stories of challenges faced and battles won from the mouths of our cities children and young people.