‘Emerge’ is a regional programme of one-day festivals led by young people in the heart of local communities. These festivals will celebrate the life and work of William Shakespeare, with an emphasis on language and storytelling using a range of different disciplines from performance to visual art.

The Emerge festivals happen simultaneously across the midlands over one day. The festivals are planned, programmed and promoted by young people, led by artists selected through an open call. This is the second year of the Emerge project (2017/18), and the festivals will take place in Cannock Chase, Dudley, Sandwell, Tamworth, Walsall and Wolverhampton.