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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
Breez Young Consultants workshop May 2009

Breeze Young Consultants workshop May 2009

Developing the BreezeLeeds website to build on its monthly average of 38,000 hits has been a key focus for the Leeds FYT pathfinder. Over the past six months Rosie Wilks (Breeze Development and Communications Officer) and other members of the Breeze team have been working with a group of young people to help refresh the Breeze brand and develop the Breeze website. The young people taking part have been more than happy to feedback on what they liked and didn’t like and how they thought Breeze should look and feel. Their thoughts and opinions have been taken on board and applied to the new look BreezeLeeds website due to be launched in the next few weeks.
 
The main emphasis of the Young Consultants has been around raising awareness of the Breeze Youth Promise – Leeds’ promise to give young people: something to do; somewhere to go; someone to talk to; and introducing the new element, something to say.
 
The group have led on ideas for the Youth Promise campaign and have re-made the original short film on Breeze Youth Promise adding the new ‘something to say’ element. This was a really exciting process for both age groups (young and old) and filming took place during February half term. The completed film can now be viewed at www.breezeleeds.org/breezepromise

The Young Consultants will continue to meet every six weeks to organise other promotional activity which will include running awareness workshops during the Breeze International Youth Festival and Breeze on Tour, and creating school assembly and lesson plans. The latest interesting idea is to give pants (yes, as in underwear) away as a promotional item during the summer…!

Anyone wanting to find out more about the Young Consultants group should contact rosie.wilks@leeds.gov.uk

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.