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The only word I know that rhymes with culture
I ain’t no beast though,
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,
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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: