The Community Development Foundation and the South East Faiths Forum have given grants to enable young people to gather together each month to share about their culture through performance, music, sport and art.
The main objective of will be to build understanding, awareness and tolerance between young people of different backgrounds (culture, race and faith) broadly within the secondary school age group.
The project will also seek to involve community groups, schools, families and the wider community.
will support the young people to develop confidence and skills.
Young participants will work together through: team building and enjoying time together, planning and working on projects and organizing events.
Hastings Youth Awards and Hastings Got Culture came together at the White Rock Theatre on Sunday 7th October. Over 250 people attended the special youth awards ceremony which was opened by the Mayor, Cllr Alan Roberts and was organised by the Youth Council supported by Hastings Borough Council and Hastings and District Interfaith Forum, with additional sponsorship from East Sussex Council for Voluntary Youth Service. The awards ceremony was to recognise the hard work, outstanding contribution and achievement of local young people and the tremendous efforts youth groups provide for communities in the Hastings and Rother.
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Thank you to everyone who came on the day! We had a lovely time enjoying all the talent Hastings has to offer along with recognising the young people in our communities and presenting them with well-deserved awards!
Culture sang and danced its way into the hearts of all at St Mary in the Castle last Saturday as young people from a great array of racial and religious backgrounds shared their joy and talent as part of Hastings Got Culture 2010. As well as the dramatic African costumes and musical harmonies of U’Zambezi Arts, the nation’s premier Southern African Arts Performers, Gizmo Kids, Respond Academy and Pestalozzi International Village all wowed the audience with their energy and creativity. The Talent Competition involved young people from six to twenty years old and the audience included both pensioners and push chairs.
St Leonard’s Concordia Hall was really buzzing last Saturday (10th July) as the project brought together young people from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds along with their families and friends.
Younger children were running and playing in the sunny garden, while the stage hosted some great competitors for the multi-racial, multi-cultural talent competition. Christopher Leith, nationally renowned puppet maker and director for film, TV and theatre, presented puppets from many cultures and schooled two groups of volunteers in bringing puppets to life. All 120 participants mingled as harmoniously as the spices of the Bengali Buffet that gave us the chance to enjoy each other’s company as the afternoon wound down to a joyful and satisfied conclusion.
Many thanks to all who participated and especially to Respond Academy, Sonrise Church, Noise Box and those volunteers who helped everything work so well.