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Leeds student Lucy Cheseldine has blogged about her work experience as a young writer in Leeds over at the Guardian Leeds blog.

Lucy has worked for the Mediafish, the Find Your Talent supported Leeds Young People’s Film Festival and has presented her own culture pieces on Radiowaves’ LsLive channel. You can check out the links here.

Leeds Young People’s Film Festival are delighted to be working with Find Your Talent to give young people living in Seacroft Manston, Morley and Leeds Inner North West the opportunity to watch films that take a look at other cultures in a unique way. The films will be screened at Hyde Park Picture House on Monday 29th and Wednesday 31st March 2010.

The festival will be screening the stunning animation Persepolis (a coming of age drama about growing up during the Iranian revolution) and Whale Rider, where a young Maori girl fights to fulfil her destiny – which her grandfather refuses to recognise.

All young people attending the film will receive a fact sheet about the film and the festival is giving each FYT area 10 Golden Family Tickets which allows up to four people to see all the films in the festival for free. The screenings are also open for parents book into.

In addition to the screenings the festival is offering groups of young people from each FYT area the opportunity to become local ambassadors for their areas and act as a focus group for the festival. The ambassadors will be given access all areas passes to see any of the films and can experience any of the workshops or master classes to understand how a festival is programmed and organised.  

It is hoped that by encouraging young people to visit the screenings they will engage and explore the core themes of  cultural diversity and understanding other cultures through the young film festival workshops.

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.

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.