Manifesto Youth Summit Coffee Cup 3x2

Are you passionate about Culture, Nature and the Environment, 14-25 years old living and/or studying in Essex?

If the answer is YES, then join Essex Book Festival for its 2nd Manifesto for Essex Youth Summit at Firstsite, Colchester on Saturday 14th January 2023 as part of EA Sustain Festival

EA Sustain is a new festival that will bring together some of the UK’s leading nature writers/ artists/environmental activists/politicians, including Helen MacDonald and Mark Cocker, Tony Juniper, Natural England Chair, and Lord Deben, Chair of the UK’s Independent Committee on Climate Change, for a weekend of inspirational talks, performances and exhibitions.


Essex Book Festival set up the Manifesto for Essex in 2020 as a cultural platform for young people living in Essex to express their thoughts, fears and ideas about Climate Change.

Key activities have included working with zine artist Lu Williams to create our Manifesto for Essex zine, which led to Chelmsford City Council declaring its Climate Emergency; designing/printing protest posters at Colchester Makerspace; an exhibition of Earth Poems across Chelmsford City Centre; a series of eco-casts made by young presenters at Chelmsford Community Radio; The Book Project Photography Exhibition at Gibberd Gallery in Harlow led by students at Harlow College.

The list goes on. The work continues.


Essex Book Festival is in the process of creating a Manifesto For Essex Youth Panel to help shape its festival programme for June 2023 and beyond. This is YOUR chance to get involved, to share your ideas, and make a difference.

Join in the debate via our How Can We Make Ourselves Heard? Panel Discussion. Take part in one of our parallel workshops exploring key environmental issues, such as, biodiversity, flooding and rising waters, energy and pollution, with leading experts, writers and artists. Hear from three environmental artists working in Essex who are already making a difference.

We’ll provide the coffee, juice and croissants. All you need to do is follow this link and book your FREE place:


This event is supported by Arts Council England, Essex County Council, and EA Festival