Giving you a Voice in 2018

It's been a strong year for Voice, and we have you to thank for that

Giving you a Voice in 2018

When Voice re-launched, we said we wanted to provide you with contemporary, thoughtful and provocative pieces, as well as offer a platform for you to share your own views and opinions. This year, more than any before it, we feel like we’ve succeeded in both. 

By tackling specific themes such as mental health and activism we opened the doors to rich conversation about society and how we can work together to improve it. Our coverage of major arts and cultural events helped us to showcase the wide range of talent the industry has to offer, and as Youth Media Partner to Brighton Fringe we provided opportunities to the largest number of young local reviewers yet. With Brexit continuing to loom, we are giving young people a crucial voice in the debate, highlighting both the maturity of their thoughts, and the legitimacy of their concerns.

In fact, regardless of topic, we are blown away time and time again with just how talented, considered, and kind you all are. We love the community we have here on Voice, and enjoy reading every one of the 1300+ posts you upload to the site this year. We already have some great plans lined up for 2019 to further highlight the amazing array of content and opinions we host on the website, and I can’t wait to share them with you in due course. 

In the meantime though, I’ve chosen some of the best content published on the website over the last 12 months. Maybe you missed some of it, or maybe you think we missed something! Why not let us know on Twitter - @voicemaguk

From all of us here at Voice, we wish you a Merry Christmas, and look forward to reading all your great content in 2019! 

Tom
- Voice Editor


Mental Health

04f37c4c8e3e40d1ccae77ff2f6d7e19f72df67c.jpgLois Ward-Marvin spoke to us about how dance helps with anxiety and depression. A reader wrote in to talk about their battles with eating disorders, and we spoke to Julia Clements from Place2Be.

Read more: Voice in your head

Activism

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Franki mused on whether social media is creating artificial activism. We invited DPAC to guest edit the website! Nicki Carter spoke to us about how BP or Not BP uses art for activism.

Read more: From Voice to action

Homelessness

c4b038fcdfb4b28339c46f211a4babf22f406c1e.jpgOur latest theme looks at the growing issue of homelessness in the UK. Already we interviewed Dan Campbell, who became homeless at 16, and explored Brighton's homeless crisis.

Read more: Life on the streets

Festivals

79aa6c9180e1c94e4acdf404cc803a661295aabe.jpgVoice was proud to continue our Youth Media Partnership with Brighton Fringe. We had another fantastic year at Edinburgh Fringe, and MozFest offered a cautious but optimistic view on technology.

Read more: Edinburgh Fringe | Brighton Fringe

Events

8d77b3c780b3c53de1a94adb8e11e7b6c37b1a0b.jpgIt wasn't just festivals we covered though! Emrys attended PLASA, our assistant editor Jack went to TheatreCraft, and he and Sam went to cover and contribute to Music Mark.

Read more: Events and opportunity listings

Careers on Voice

ae58658f71ecf385288fc4a9eb2ef91e36e7e59a.jpgCareers has great advice on entering the industry, interviews with creative practitioners, and looks at the inner workings of organisations. 

We have a lot of great stuff planned for the career section in 2019 to better help you find your way into a creative career, so keep your eyes peeled!

Read more: Careers on Voice

Voice's Top 10's of 2018!

98bb4d9866af42bab137aff75a90d9af22160b9e.jpgWe're seeing 2018 out with a bang by looking back at the best films, music, theatre, visual art creations and books of the last year. We'll also do a 2018 news round-up, which should be... fun?

Read the announcement post, and why not drop a comment on what you think should be included. And while you're waiting for the 2018 lists why not get nostalgic by reading 2017's winners!

Read more: Voice's Top 10's of 2018

Author

Tom Inniss

Tom Inniss Voice Team

Tom is the Editor of Voice. He is a politics graduate and holds a masters in journalism, with particular interest in youth political engagement and technology. He is also a mentor to our Voice Contributors, and champions our festivals programme, including the reporter team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe..

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