A Life Amongst the Diamonds: Youth Arts Festival

A Life Amongst Diamonds was the first ever youth arts festival at the National Coal Mining Museum.

National Coal Mining Museum

July 2019

The festival was planned, performed and marketed by young people, for young people, using the heritage of mining as the inspiration for performances. Performers included many local youth arts groups, including Green Top Circus, Yew Tree Theatre, Stride Theatre, and Northern Lights Academy.

The festival was designed and organised by the museum’s Young Volunteers. Volunteers worked on all aspects of the planning process of the festival, from marketing and booking performers, to stewarding and managing acts on the day.

See more in a video made by the Young Volunteers.

Find out more about the Young Volunteers here.


  • Interpreting heritage
  • Visitor engagement
  • Event management
  • Consulting
  • Research
  • Marketing
  • Creating social media campaigns
  • Scheduling
  • Booking and managing acts
  • Creating promotional material
  • PR and communications
  • Filming and editing
  • Performing