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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
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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.

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.