In January 2019, a YouGov survey for the Prince’s Trust revealed that 18% of young people in the UK believe ‘life is not really worth living’. More than 25% of those surveyed felt that their life had no sense of purpose.

Providing a highlight of SICK! Festival 2019’s programme for, by and about young people, Manchester’s Young Identity goes head-to-head with Urban Woorden from Belgium in a packed evening of spoken word, performance and music. They will respond to this shocking statistic, seek out the value in life and to demand answers to the question: ‘How did we get to this point?’

Young Identity delivers dynamic poetry and spoken word workshops for young people in major arts venues and in local communities across Manchester. Young Identity’s cuts through the noise. They believe in the transformative power of the arts on young people’s lives, nurturing the talent of tomorrow, empowering disadvantaged and under-represented young people to fulfil their artistic potential.

Belgian company Urban Woorden create a space where young people can empower themselves through poetry, slam and rap, through creation and performance. Working in schools, community centres and prisons throughout Flanders they create spaces for young people to perform on both amateur and professional stages.