Young voices rise in Pitch Parade 2024

Young voices rise in Pitch Parade 2024

ROTTERDAM, 4 April 2024 – A new initiative, Pitch Parade, has been launched to empower the youth of Zuid-Holland to bring their cultural and social visions to life. Funding and support are available for young individuals aiming to make a difference in their communities.

Pitch parade: empowering young voices

The Kunstgebouw and the VSBfonds have collaborated to create the Pitch Parade, a platform aimed at supporting youth between the ages of 15 and 27 from small to medium-sized municipalities in Zuid-Holland. The initiative offers financial support and guidance to help young people execute their cultural and societal projects. Initially launched in Vlaardingen, the programme is set to expand to six additional municipalities in 2024.

Opportunities for youth

Participants in the Pitch Parade can engage in a variety of projects, from organizing festivals to starting community gardens or reading clubs. The initiative helps to realize these ideas and contributes to the personal development of the participants and their community engagement. Winners of the pitch receive up to €2,500 per project, with each municipality allocating a total of €5,000 for multiple projects. This financial support is complemented by professional guidance from Kunstgebouw and local cultural centres.

Benefits and learning outcomes

By participating in the Pitch Parade, young people gain valuable experience in pitching ideas and applying for grants, thereby enhancing their skills and expanding their networks. This opportunity allows them to actively contribute to their communities, achieving personal growth and societal impact.

Upcoming events and participation

The next Pitch Parade event is scheduled for 17 April 2024 at the Centrum voor de Kunsten in Spijkenisse. The event begins at 19:00. Those interested in participating or seeking more information can visit Future events are planned for Capelle aan den IJssel, Rijswijk, Schiedam, Zoetermeer, and Zwijndrecht throughout 2024.

Directions to the Centrum voor de Kunsten

The Centrum voor de Kunsten in Spijkenisse is located centrally, easily accessible by public transport and car. 

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