Carlisle's Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is gearing up for the launch of an entirely online festival, created by young people.

The Festival of Hope Carlisle will launch on Monday, and run until August 27.

The festival, which seeks to provide a platform for young creative minds in the area, has been adapted to exist online as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It has been put together by seven young producers, all under the age of 25, all recruited by Tullie House as part of its ongoing in the National Lottery Heritage-funded "Hope Streets" project.

The group, the museum says, feels that creativity is being stripped from their lives, and they want to demonstrate how creative, thoughtful and talented their generation are.

The Festival of Hope had originally been designed as a multi-venue festival, set to take over Carlisle's historic quarter.

However, given the ongoing disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the festival will be broadcast online.

The aim of the festival is to give young people creative control.

The Festival of Hope is an opportunity to test out new approaches, digital platforms, showcase contemporary history and to capture the stories of people who are usually under-represented, in partnership with Tullie House.

Their aim is to reignite the spark of youth culture, bring innovation, improve representation and create a platform for virtual togetherness in a socially isolated world.

One of the creators, Izak, said: "“I’ve always had an affinity towards creating stories and putting familiar feelings into new settings.

"One thing that drives this is representation.

"Being part of the transgender community has put me in a position where we’re hardly given the positive spotlight – that’s long overdue.

"If we're lacking in representation – make it. Become a trailblazer and create the world you want to live in.”

The festival programme includes:

• underREPRESENT – A series of Q&A’s which tackle under- representation and alternative creative careers.

• EMERGE Competition – A Visual Arts Competition for young Cumbrian creatives and an online exhibition.

• LIVE & LOUD - A local Rock, Metal and Punk history showcase in the form of a Scuzz-style TV show.

• Culture of Freedom – A documentary about young people and the different cultures hidden within the city.

• Hannah Recommends – A virtual guide using what is around us to learn, discover and create.

• Haunted historical docu-soap - An Animated ghost tour inspired by Carlisle past! Could this be the first ever digital ghost walk?

• Empathy X Apathy – A Hip-Hop EP release telling a personal story of Empathy and Apathy.

• ARTIFICE – An immersive, anti-digital public art installation in a pop-up location.

Lindsey Atkinson, community and young person coordinator at Tullie House, said: “I can whole-heartedly say that this group of creative young people have inspired and pushed the museum into a completely new and exciting direction.

"It's a huge deal to see an established museum hand over control in this way. We have well and truly stepped outside of our comfort zone, which has proven to be a very fun place and exactly where we should be.”

This Festival of Hope project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage fund’s Kick the Dust programme, co-produced by BLAZE arts and managed by Curious Minds.

The Festival of Hope Carlisle is part of a larger cluster of festivals across the north west of England.