UNDERSTANDING other cultures and human rights will be at the heart of a weeklong residency bringing together young people from the UK and Lithuania.

Creating Cultures will see people aged 16 to 24 from both countries work alongside leaders, activists, educators and artists to explore issues such as inclusion, integration and intercultural dialogue using creative methods.

Organised by Jack Drum Arts and Erasmus +, a European Union funded programme, the residency will take place at Emmaus Youth Village in Consett from Monday, April 2, to Monday, April 9. It will focus on three main themes: media literacy and critical thinking; tolerance, respect and positive attitudes towards others and vulnerable groups in society; and dialogue and expression.

There are 60 places available, including 35 for young people from Lithuania and 25 from the North of England.

The cost is £50 including accommodation, all meals and two excursions. There are also a small number of free places available for those from low income households in receipt of benefits. Evidence will be required.

To find out more and to request an expression of interest form, contact katy@jackdrum.co.uk or call 01388-765002. Forms must be returned by Thursday, March 15, and applicants will find out if they have been successful by Monday, March 19.