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Young East End talent showcased in local arts festival, Futurefest, featuring urban artist A. Dee

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31 March 2014
Young East End talent showcased in local arts festival, Futurefest, featuring urban artist A. Dee

Young people from across East London and the City were given the opportunity to create artwork alongside acclaimed urban artist A. Dee (the Artful Dodger) at Futurefest, a festival of art and performance by and for young people, last week, 27th March 2014.

The festival, at Raines Foundation Upper School in Bethnal Green, was organised by East End youth charity Futureversity and included an exhibition of art created by young people who’ve participated in Futureversity courses, taster workshops and a performance showcase.

A. Dee, who is a Patron of Futureversity, hosted an interactive workshop where young people had the opportunity to work alongside him and create some urban artwork.

Other workshops at the festival gave young people a taster of the type of courses on offer through Futureversity’s forthcoming Easter and summer programmes. They got to try their hand at cake decorating, fashion drawing, urban art, gospel singing, bridal mendhi and performance poetry. The nail art and cake decorating classes were particularly popular.

Speaking at the event, A. Dee inspired young people to find their own path in life. “Everyone needs to find their own path in life. Follow your instincts. Do what you think you should be doing and everything else will fall into place. It’s only when we challenge ourselves that we grow,” he said.

Futureversity’s Chairman Noorzaman Rashid, added: “Early involvement in the arts has a positive impact on children’s learning, yet those with the most challenging social and economic backgrounds are least likely to participate. We aim for our courses, and events like to tonight, to help redress this imbalance and open up the arts – and the opportunities it can provide - to a much wider audience.”

The art exhibition included fashion and drawing illustrations, photography, oil on canvas paintings and manga drawings, all created by students on Futureversity’s recent courses. The Futurefest evening culminated in performances from two of the workshops: gospel singing led by Solomon Facey and the We Sing gospel choir; and spoken poetry led by workshop leader and spoken word artist, Wordplay.

Futureversity’s Easter programme takes place from 7th-17th April. There are 40 Easter courses available, including Driving Theory, First Aid at Work, Horse Riding and Manga Drawing. For the full course listing and to sign up, please visit: www.futureversity.org/course_listing.aspx

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