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Find Your Talent Leeds formally ended as a programme in early 2011, but there’s a host of activity taking place in the city which is continuing to build on the FYT experience. 
 
Arts Exchange
Leeds City Council’s Arts & Regeneration and Artforms teams have worked with CAPE UK to develop a range of professional development programmes for creative practitioners.  These opportunities are responses to needs identified through FYT, supporting those working with children and young people in a range of settings.  They include:
 
Mind Your Own Business (14th June, 12.30-5pm, Mint Hotel Leeds, £10), a World Cafe event for practitioners in the creative sector with Dr Chris Seeley.
 
Safeguarding and the Arts (30th June, 10am-4pm, West Park Centre, £20), for freelance artists and arts organisations.
 
Demonstrating Impactembedding evaluation in art form practice (12 July, 10am-4pm, Howard Assembly Rooms, £20), which will explore how to evaluate impact effectively and with integrity.
 
Artforms are also consulting about the development of further Action Learning Sets for freelance artists and practitioners from arts organisations.  More about all of these activities and events on www.artformsleeds.co.uk
 
Recipe for Life and Stand in the Place where you Live
FYT has also inspired two fantastic live events taking place at West Yorkshire Playhouse this summer.  Space 2’s “Recipe for Life” (15 and 16 July, WYP Courtyard Theatre, 7.45pm) will bring together a mouthwatering menu of presentations from dance and performance poetry to music and film.  It gathers the professional and community arts groups that work with Space 2, showcasing lots of ideas and performances originally developed through FYT.
 
Meanwhile “Stand in the Place where you Live” (14 July, WYP Courtyard Theatre, 7.45pm) is an unique Leeds-wide youth drama showcase, co-ordinated by the FYT-established Leeds Drama Network, and featuring short performances of original work from up to eight different groups.  Booking details and more info on these shows available at www.wyp.org.uk.
 
Breeze and Breeze Culture Network
The practical tools developed through FYT continue to serve the creative community as well as children and young people in Leeds.  More organisations than ever are spreading news about their events and activities through www.breezeculturenetwork.org, while an incredible 160,000 young people in Leeds now have Breezecards and receive information on offers and opportunities.  We’re also looking forward to more from the Breeze Has Talent competition this year following December’s fantastic finale at Leeds Town Hall. 
 
Publications
Cultural organisations and their practice are also supported by the recent publication of Leeds FYT’s “8 Best Practice Principles” for cultural projects with young people, and “Getting in the Frame”, a user’s guide to the range of quality assurance frameworks currently applicable to this area of work.
 
Also forthcoming is a set of FYT Case Studies, which collects experiences, lessons and testimony from some of the finest FYT projects of the last two years.  Meanwhile, “Arts Make A Difference”, to be launched at an Artforms event with FYT area schools on 28th June 2011, will provide guidance about how to build innovative cultural work into school policy and strategy.
 
Times may in many ways be tough, but there is still plenty of cultural opportunity in Leeds and the demand from young people is as high as ever.  Leeds’s youth and cultural organisations, often working with and alongside the city’s schools, continue to do a great job in meeting these needs.
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Saturday September 25th sees the launch of the second installment of the vibrant Seacroft community Expression Arts Festival, at the David Young Community Academy. Featuring an array of exciting activities, ranging from dance studios, open mics, junk percussion and live bands though to circus, stilt walkers and cheerleading workshops Expression Arts Festival promises to be a jam-packed day for children and young people in the local area

Supported by Find Your Talent, Seacroft Manston Children & Young Peoples Partnership, and organised by Space2, the event is a culmination of six months of rehearsals, workshops and creative learning in and around the Seacroft and Manston areas. Three hundred local young people have taken part in the preparations for Expression Arts Festival.

Based around the concept of ‘HMS Expression’ the nautical-themed festival will hold a  ship’s crew and pirates and stowaways causing mischief, So come aboard, pick up your passports and explore the ships:

  • ‘Theatre Space’ – The Elastic Band Orchestra, West Yorkshire Playhouse’s  production of  The Worm Collector , Parklands Dance, Seacroft Film Factory’s premiere, East Leeds Youth Theatre, and Connect Housing’s Junk Percussion Orchestra and many more will be performing
  • ‘Canteen’ – Leeds performance poet Michelle Scally-Clarke and Stella Litras will host West Yorkshire Playhouse’s ‘First Cut’ open mic sessions featuring young people from the Seacroft area
  • ‘Dance Studio’ – check out DAZL’s cheerleading squad, and Pilates workshops
  • Wicker-making sessions and Leeds’ Children’s Circus outside throughout the day
  • Market stalls, a smoothie-making bicycle, interactive stalls, and a visual arts exhibition
  • East Leeds FM radio broadcasting live all day

Throughout Expression Arts Festival Seacroft Film Factory will film a documentary of the day, hosting a Big Brother style diary room in a garden shed, as well as showing their films in the Seacroft Film Factory cinema .

From 7-10pm East Leeds FM will host Next Generation, a live music event where local up and coming band Hope and Social will play alongside some of the best emerging bands from around Leeds. Tickets £3 each available from Jumbo or Crash Records (50p booking fee) or www.elfm.co.uk . No tickets available on the door. Age 11 – 18.

For more information on Expression Arts Festival check out the Breeze Leeds website.

EXPRESSION ARTS FESTIVAL 2010
SATURDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER, 12-4PM, DAVID YOUNG COMMUNITY ACADEMY, BISHOP’S WAY, SEACROFT, LEEDS, LS14 6NU
ADMISSION FREE

 

The only word I know that rhymes with culture
Is
Vulture

I ain’t no beast though,

So

Culture to me is …

The way I dress,
What I eat,
The way I make a mess,
Who I meet,
The way I speak,
How I do,
The way I seek,
What I pursue,
And
Whether I can,

I am who I am.

 

This fantastic poem was created as part of the Find Your Talent children and young people’s reference group at West Yorkshire Playhouse in April.

The sessions, run by The Project / Youth Association involved young people aged 12-20 from Inner North West Leeds and explored perceptions of art and culture.

This creative approach investigated the role of art and culture in young people’s lives and an ambassador’s group has been formed, Arts Uncovered, which will ensure that children and young people have a voice in the decision making process for all of Find Your Talent’s aims in Leeds.

The Arts Uncovered ambassador’s group will engage with children and young people in Leeds, encouraging them to access culture in the city, and will also visit Breeze on Tour whilst participating with the Follow Alex campaign on Facebook.

Young people in Leeds will benefit from improved opportunities in arts and culture thanks to a groundbreaking web development which is attracting national interest.

Breeze Culture Network is the new website for professionals providing cultural opportunities for young people in Leeds.  Developed by Leeds City Council and funded by Find Your Talent, the site brings together schools, children’s centres, freelance artists and arts organisations, voluntary and community groups in a growing resource which aims to improve knowledge, develop ideas and increase opportunities for young people.

An essentially simple idea, the network links professionals to a wealth of information about those working in related areas, helping communication and joint planning.  The network will develop relationships between the cultural and education sectors, improving the coherence and quality of opportunities on offer to children and young people.

For a full version of this press release please visit the LCC Virtual Newsroom.

LS Live is a project run by Radiowaves and funded by Find Your Talent, giving young people the chance to report on events in their city. Radiowaves is the leading safe website for children and young people to broadcast their videos, podcasts and blogs, connect with others and improve digital literacy skills.  

Next week Radiowaves will be taking a group of LSLive reporters to Leeds’ Ice Cube –  the hugely popular ice skating rink in Millennium Square that is the largest open air rink the UK. Radiowaves will be training reporters in the run up to the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival and Breeze events later this year.

 LS Live reporters take part in broadcast training workshops and are given their own page on the LS Live Radiowaves station. Reporters are supplied with regular newsletters (keeping them informed of cultural events around Leeds) and can film events on video, interview the public and take photographs. They are also taught how to edit and upload their own content after recording.

In November last year Radiowaves worked alongside a group of young people to create video footage of Leeds’ Lightnight event. The project is a key strand to the Leeds pathfinder, encouraging young people to comment on their cultural experiences and become active audience members and participators.

For further information please contact Alison Booth, Project Manager, alison.booth@radiowaves.co.uk

Following a wealth of excellent feedback from parents in the Leeds area 2010’s new Breeze Calendar has been distributed to 107,000 Breeze card holders via Leeds schools this month.

Highlighting interesting events in the Breeze calendar alongside international events (such as World Book Day) the calendar has been produced to raise cultural awareness and activities in the Leeds area.

Some of the images included are representative of major events in the calendar – such as Lightnight Leeds and Leeds Young People’s Film Festival.

The Breeze Calendar provides a monthly listing of events happening in and around the Leeds area. It has been particularly useful to parents during the summer holidays providing a central reference point for all Breeze and Leeds City Council public events.

For further information on events happening around Leeds please check the Breeze Leeds Website  for up-to-date listings.

Breeze Culture Network now includes contacts for all Primary and High schools in Leeds. This is a great opportunity for members of BCN and will make the task of contacting schools to share information about funding and training opportunities much easier than in the past. Over the next few weeks we will be focussing our membership recruitment on early years and encouraging all childrens centres in Leeds to register with the network.

 

CYPP Handbook

At the beginning of the week the Find Your Talent team attended the launch event of the Children Leeds Children and Young People’s Plan. This event was a great opportunity to promote the  FYT programme to professionals and young people; and to raise awareness about the Culture Network.

The day included different participatory activities including a brilliant Wake Up Shake Up session lead by children from Kerr Mackie primary school. The young people presenting the sessions were fantastic and shared their experiences about the different ways they have been involved in shaping our services by becoming Anti-bullying Ambassadors and Find Your Talent Arts Ambassadors supported by Find Your Talent.

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.

bookaward

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:

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.