BlueFire, in collaboration with Splattervan (a youth arts organisation), ran a week-long workshop with 25 teenagers from North Inner City Dublin. The young people came from CDETB’s separated children’s programme (unaccompanied refugees), Stoneybatter Youth Services and Bradog Youth Centre. The programme was delivered in partnership with Splattervan, a youth arts NGO and Building Bridges, a South African based NGO fostering cohesion between black & white young South Africans.

The awe-inspiring teenagers collaborated beautifully to develop our Teen Zone for BlueFire Street Fest. They made street art murals – representing issues that matter to them, created a photography exhibition and acquired the skills and confidence to facilitate their own zone for teenagers at BlueFire Street Fest.

On the festival day, they presented their work on interactive murals, with themes such as having a voice as a young person and their responsibilities in changemaking today, and a statement on the effect of social medias in their lives. They also showcased a photography exhibition, and facilitated the zone activities themselves. They helped our young audiences to learn street art skills, badge making and totem pole making, as well as creating conversation around the themes of their murals.

This collaboration is part of BlueFire Street Fest’s mission to ensure that the festival is so much more than one day can provide. By bringing together people in the lead up, we:

  • Build meaningful relationships between locals from different cultures

  • Instill confidence in young people by empowering them to create an element of BlueFire Street Fest

  • Ensure the local community feel a sense of ownership in what is produced at the festival


“The more we increase the active participation and partnership with young people, the better we serve them. … And the more comprehensively we work with them as service partners, the more we increase our public value to the entire community.”

Carmen Martinez, Social Activist.