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LS7 Results

Radiowaves will be working with LS7 Results Carnival Group  to create a new young people’s culture blog between Summer 2009 and Spring 2010. The online channel is being developed for young people to report on events, music, art and performance in the city. Over the next couple of months the group hopes to cover events including Leeds West Indian Carnival and Breeze On Tour. Once the blog is up and running there will be further Find Your Talent opportunities for other groups to take part and become part of the reporting team.

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The first exciting project off the starting block for Seacroft Manston is the creation of East Leeds Youth Theatre, sister to those established in the South and North West. Development worker, Sara Allkins is already touring school assemblies and drama groups, ready to launch junior and senior theatres later in the summer.  They will run from Parklands Primary on Thursday evenings.

For more information about this opportunity contact Sara at youththeatresleeds@yahoo.co.uk

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Three shortlists, 18 books, 52 schools and too may reviews to mention…..

Young people from across Leeds got together last month to celebrate the annual Leeds Book Awards.  Short listed authors attended the event and had the opportunity to hear first hand what their readers had to say and to answer their questions.  The award ceremony was split into 2 sections to reflect the different age ranges of the books. 

Throughout the year, young people have been able to submit their reviews of the shortlisted books to the Leeds Book Awards website www.leedsbookawards.co.uk.  During the award ceremony, one author revealed that he had read reviews of his book prior to attending.  The review he quoted said “The best thing about this book was the end!”

Seven schools from across the city presented their thoughts on the short listed books.   Find Your Talent localities were represented by Morley High School, City of Leeds High School and Parklands Girls High School.

 The event finished with the announcement of the winner of the best books which were:

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Over 300 young people and families participated in the Inner North West Fun Day on 26 May and got involved in a whole host of creative activities including break dancing, DJ/MC, giant dragon making, story telling, drama, robotics and animation.

The event was also a great opportunity for consultation with young people so we set up a FYT Diary Room complete with a large scale map of the area.  It meant that participants could give us feedback on the day as well as mapping out the range of activities that are locally on offer.

As part of the consultation we asked young people to tell us about their creative talents and its safe to say that the Inner North West isn’t short of talented drummers, key board players, band members, dancers, singers, artists, performers and collage makers. They also knew that they wanted to see more opportunities for long term, regular, weekend activities.

The Inner NW will be using the evaluation material to develop cultural opportunities for children, young people and their families.

What was FYT?

Find Your Talent was a national programme to explore new ways of opening up cultural and creative opportunities to young people. Leeds was one of the ten FYT Pathfinders in England.

The programme was led by Leeds City Council and Education Leeds, working closely together and with the city's cultural and community sectors to find ways for more young people to participate in the cultural life of the city.

FYT was funded to operate between 2008-2011 but its legacy in Leeds continues through activities under the Breeze banner, as well as other initiatives.