Viral is an informal and collaborative learning programme of mentoring, creative and professional development, experimentation and production for a diverse group of 16-25 year olds. The programme works with young creatives, including those not in education, employment or training, to tap into DIY culture and alternative pathways into the creative industries.

The project supports young creatives to develop an independent and sustainable approach to projects. The programme includes the development of work, business skills development, presentation and pitching skills, site visits to studios and work experience opportunities. Participants work in a range of disciplines including music, film, photography and design.

In 2018 the Viral participants worked with the Lighthouse programme team supported by MOBO award-winning video director Reece Proctor, local artists Sam Barrett (AKA Illiterate and Founder of Yogocop) and Eva Bowen. The Viral sessions are held at Lighthouse and with our friends at The Rose Hill, Kassia Zermon (AKA Bunty), Jules Arthur and Abraham Moughrabi, who also support the Viral team’s project development.

Throughout the programme we’ll be working with local creative businesses – talent development and increasing the accessibility of roles within the sector are hugely important for the local creative and digital industry. Entrepreneurial skills are taught by local digital businesses, including Brandwatch and Brilliant Noise, through a series of workshops that cover everything from branding to budgeting, social media to data analysis.

The Viral programme will also provide accreditation for young people, including Arts Award to gold level.

We are currently developing the next iteration of Viral in response to the experience and feedback of current participants and mentors. If you’d like to find out more about supporting the project, get in touch.


Viral 2018 featured monthly Open Sessions – events open to all – featuring invited artists and creative professionals speaking about their career pathways. Lighthouse Open Sessions began during our Last Dance programme and continue to provide a social space for discussion and connection.

Open Sessions #5: Making Your Way in Music as a Video Director
Open Sessions #6: How to be Everything Artist / Venue / Label
Open Sessions #7: Artwork & Design for Music
Open Sessions #8: Women in Music Today

The showcase of the 2018 Viral participants was held at Lighthouse on 12 October

Viral is supported by:



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