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Family film screenings over at Armley Mills cinema have been a roaring success over the past few months. The films, programmed by I Love West Leeds Arts Festival and funded by FYT, have proved so popular that an additional screening of The Goonies has been planned during July’s festival.

The film club is being supported for a further 12 months by Find Your Talent so watch out out for more cinematic gems from the self-styled ‘cutest little cinema in the world’.

For more info contact ilovewestleeds@googlemail.com

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The Discovery Centre provided a great setting for FYT’s first Early Arts professional development event. The programme explored early years provision in Leeds and profiled some great projects taking place across the city including Creative Partnerships Enquiry Programme at Brudenell Primary School.

Delegates were also treated to a tour of the Discovery Centre and took part in a spot of speed networking. For details about the next FYT Early Arts event please contact hannah.farley@leeds.gov.uk

Seacroft Manston’s Junk Percussion are currently rehearsing in preparation for a series of performances at at Bradford Mela, Seacroft Gala and the Expression Arts Festival in the summer months.

This exciting project (run in conjunction with Connect Housing, Chango Music and Find Your Talent) brings together young people of different ages from all across East Leeds to create a loud, vibrant ‘stomp style’ orchestra.

16 pupils from 5 different high schools and 2 primaries in the East Leeds area have rehearsed on Tuesday evenings to make, thump and dance around old trays, barrels, teapots and saucepans.  The result?  The amazing and awesome Seacroft Junk Percussion Orchestra. 

The sessions have involved young people in a range of activities including basic drumming skills and rhythms, art and craft (making instruments and costumes), performance, dance and circus skills.

Local MC Testament (from the Leeds based hiphop act Homecut) has also run beatboxing sessions with the group. Homecut have recentlycollaborated with Corinne Bailey Rae, Soweto Kinch, US rap legend J-Live, Andreya Triana and the Cinematic Orchestra. Also a member of Schlomo and the Vocal Orchestra, Testament shared his skills with the junk band to help turn their vocal chords into instruments, which will then feature in this summer’s performances.

Seacroft Junk Percussion Orchestra will perform at Bradford Mela on June 12th and 13th, Seacroft Gala on July 3rd and shall play a final show at Seacroft’s Expression Arts Festival on September 25th.

36 young people, three artists and 11 youth workers from The Alston Lane Arts Group have enjoyed making art together at The Dennis Healey Centre in Seacroft.  Taking inspiration from gallery artworks, young people have created experimental drawings or made a giant colourful artwork of colour stories about their favourite things. 

Outcomes of the workshops (led by artist Nichola Pemberton and Gallery staff) will be taken to Leeds Art Gallery where they will be looked over by a Young Curators group in July – with the best pieces selected for display in the gallery August  – September 2010. 

For full details on the Open Show competition, entry forms and workshop sessions visit Leeds Art Gallery’s website http://www.leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 247 8256.

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.