IRIE! dance theatre will be hosting a new showcase for young people aged 12-21 years called “Stand Up ‘N’ Speak Loud Showcase” on from 7:00-9:30pm on Friday 31 January at Moonshot Centre. The host for the evening will be Jacob Sakil, former Young Mayor of Lewisham.
Stand Up ‘N’ Speak Loud was created to provide a platform for young people to express themselves and their views on themes that are relevant to them using the spoken word, dance, music and or theatre. The theme for this showcase is “Youth Unemployment” – an issue of great concern to young people in the area and one which the organisers of the event Dejon Anaughe and April Taylor believe that young people will be very vocal about.
The showcase provides a unique opportunity for young people, whether they be singers, rappers, dancers, actors or poets, to express their views on a topic which has both local and national significance. It is hoped that the Stand Up ‘N’ Speak Loud event will also help to boost young people’s confidence and socialising skills.
Groups already scheduled to perform include iCon, Capa, Afrika Dance Group and Possession Dancers. Plus there will be other special guest appearances. All performances will relate to the topic of the evening “Youth Unemployment”.
Dejon Anaughe, an IRIE! dance theatre Apprentice and Events Coordinator of the “Stand Up ‘N’ Speak Loud showcase says:
“I am really happy to have had the opportunity and support to plan this platform. It is a perfect opportunity for young people, like me, within our community to have a place to perform their talents to friends, family and possibly even enhancing career connections. It is also the opportunity for our young people to get involved in discussions on topics, which they feel strongly about, with the final aim to make a change. Our young aspiring performers are promised a lot, very rarely with an end product, being a former singer living the borough my aim is to deliver the dreams that were once promised to me. With that came this inspirational talent showcase.”
April Taylor, IRIE! dance theatre Apprentice and Events Coordinator for the Stand Up ‘N’ Speak Loud showcase says:
“It is providing a positive platform for talented young people in the Borough of Lewisham to express their talents. Stand Up n Speak Loud showcase is important to me because it is something that is wanted in the Lewisham Borough from young people, so it’s great to be able to deliver what the young people in Lewisham want.”
Tickets for the event are £3 in advance or £5 on the door.
If you are interested in taking part, would like to attend the event or you’d simply like more information please contact Dejon Anaughe, Marketing and Publicity Apprentice, or April Taylor, Apprentice Administrator on 020 8691 6099.
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