FYA also provides valuable experience for young people keen to develop a career in a creative discipline by placing them with a relevant company or organisation in the capital.
At the end of May 2006, FYA is holding a week-long festival showcasing the creative work of young people. It launches in Trafalgar Square and continues across London at various partner venues with performances in 5 creative areas - music, moving image, dance, drama, fashion and art. Partners include the Arts Council of England, the Mayor of London, the National Gallery, the Oval House Theatre, the ICA, Theatre Museum, Picturehouse Cinemas, Hackney Empire, Rolling Sounds, Aerosolics and Stratford Circus.
In the lead-up to the launch, we have a comprehensive ‘outreach’ programme – we are touring London schools and youth groups with creative workshops in music production and street art. With the help of skilled supervisors, students will be able to mix their own music tracks and contribute to a piece of art work that will comprise of efforts from all the schools and youth groups we visit and which will be unveiled at the Trafalgar Square launch.
The launch itself takes over the whole of Trafalgar Square and will include a performance stage, giant video screens, a fashion catwalk, workshop areas for the audience to get involved and art displays.
For the closing festival ‘gala’, we have partnered with the National Gallery. On Friday June 2 from 7-9 p.m. the National Gallery will host various performances – in dance and music – where, in front of their peers, young people will be performing work inspired by the art on display in the National Gallery.
It promises to be a unique evening as young people not familiar with the National Gallery will be able to wander through its rooms and halls and experience creative work which aims to break down any barriers between them and the art work.
Central to FYA are three things which make it unique:
- 1. It’s emphasis on inclusiveness. FYA actively seeks to involve young people from all kinds of cultures, communities and backgrounds;
- 2. It’s emphasis on partnerships. FYA actively creates collaboration on all levels – between individuals, schools, venues, bodies – in order to promote the diversity of ideas of understanding of different opinions and attitudes;
- 3. Most importantly, it places young people at the heart of what it does – so in addition to FYA being a showcase for the creativity and _expression of young people, it gives young people the responsibility for key elements of FYA – from the promotion of the festival week to the organisation of the Trafalgar Square event.
There are many talented young people in London. FYA is the glue that binds them with each other, with arts projects, with arts organisations and with businesses to create a more coherent, more vibrant and more noticed youth arts scene in London.
Festival of Youth Arts commences on Saturday 27th May – 2nd June 2006 – A week long festival celebrating the creative work on young people in London.
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