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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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This month the FYT supported Future Arts has been running music technology workshops at Burley Lodge as part of a project that gave young people (aged 13-19) the opportunity to become music producers and create their own music using digital technology.

Future Arts used MIDI controllers, Kaoss pads, Audio Cubes, CD Decks and laptops which helped participants create their own beats, samples and vocal effects – and created future music without boundaries from the sessions.

Participants from the Inner North West area of Leeds watched videos of performances from all musical genres and kick-started a lively debate about artistic style techniques and use or non-use of technology. The discussion reflected the wide range of  tastes, styles and ideas about  music culture that the group shared.

The group were introduced to elements of music technology through a series of workshops which expanded their understanding of how music can be created – summed up by the idea that you don’t have to be a grade 8 pianist to be a grade A musician.

Future Arts offers a unique music experience that is informed by and connected to youth culture. It offers an accessible route that allows young people to create music in ways that respond to their own interests and experiences whilst gaining credits for Arts Award qualifications. The project is a great opportunity for young people in Leeds to access user friendly workshops and harness their own vision of music and creativity.     

The next workshops will take place at West Park Centre, Spen Lane.

For further information on Inner North West’s Future Arts projects contact Gemma on 0113 2468294

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.