New politics festival for Sheffield millennials

Student protesters from Sheffield at a national student demonstration
Student protesters from Sheffield at a national student demonstration
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Young Sheffield residents have the opportunity to take part in a new festival aimed at inspiring young people to get involved in politics.

For the first time a political festival aimed at young people will come to Sheffield on Saturday, May 12 in the City Centre.

Masterclasses on campaigning, public speaking and local government as well as opportunities to get involved in local groups are some of the items on the agenda for the event.

Various politicians and social activists will speak at the festival including Natalie Bennett, former leader of the Green Party, Harvey Morton, youth ambassador, Paul Blomfield, MP, Laura Gordon, political artist and Madeleina Kay, Young European of the Year.

Caroline Macfarlane, of Common Vision who are organising the event, said the programme will “showcase stories of social activism, positive political ideas, and opportunities to get involved in local groups.”

Young people have received bad press having been called by some the “snowflake generation” and accused of being over-sensitive and less tolerable to disagreement.

On their website, Common Vision urge young people to “take back control of what people are saying, thinking and hearing about millennials and our future” and added: “This event is all about celebrating and inspiring the young leaders and influencers of today and tomorrow.”

People can still nominate speakers for the event via their website, where tickets can also be bought, at www.millennifest.co.uk

It is part of a group of similar festivals being held across the country throughout May. As well as Sheffield there will be events in London, Birmingham and Cardiff.