Monday, 02 August 2021

Young people given bigger say in this year’s youth festival

YOUNG people are going to be given more of a say in Henley Youth Festival.

YOUNG people are going to be given more of a say in Henley Youth Festival.

The festival has launched a new scheme called On It, which will put the decisions about its activities for secondary school students in the hands of pupils.

Groups of 13- to 18-year-olds, supported by a teacher or other adult mentor, will be given the chance to put forward an idea for an original project such as a gig, an art workshop, visiting musician, dance group or scientist, or charity event — anything that benefits young people in Henley.

The “arts captains” at Gillotts School, assisted by art teacher Lucy Keeble, were the first to put forward an idea for this year’s festival, which starts this weekend. Their project is to visually promote the arts within Gillotts and brighten up part of the exterior of the school.

They have proposed creating an outdoor artwork which promotes art, drama, dance and music. This will be an original design created by one or more students.

Design ideas include incorporating influences from other artists and silhouetted figures representing the arts at Gillotts together with staff and student names.

The final design will be chosen by a panel of judges including Ms Keeble and headteacher Catharine Darnton.

The students plan to produce their design on a practical, durable PVC “sail” secured near the entrance of the school where both visitors and pupils will be able to admire it. They hope it will inspire younger students to get involved in arts activities. The students have received advice from Henley business professionals Hedda Bird, managing director, of 3C Associates, and Graham Woodgate, chief scientist at Europe for RealD.

Tina Jacobs, On It co-ordinator, said: “This is the first On It project and we are looking forward to seeing how the students get on with executing their plans.

“Next year we want to see lots more ideas from young people of secondary school age for projects they think their peers would benefit from, whether in or out of school.”

The festival will take place from March 10 to 16. For more information, visit www.hyf.org.uk

Design ideas include incorporating influences from other artists and silhouetted figures representing the arts at Gillotts together with staff and student names.

The final design will be chosen by a panel of judges including Ms Keeble and headteacher Catharine Darnton.

The students plan to produce their design on a practical, durable PVC “sail” secured near the entrance of the school where both visitors and pupils will be able to admire it. They hope it will inspire younger students to get involved in arts activities. The students have received advice from Henley business professionals Hedda Bird, managing director, of 3C Associates, and Graham Woodgate, chief scientist at Europe for RealD.

Tina Jacobs, On It co-ordinator, said: “This is the first On It project and we are looking forward to seeing how the students get on with executing their plans.

“Next year we want to see lots more ideas from young people of secondary school age for projects they think their peers would benefit from, whether in or out of school.”

The festival will take place from March 10 to 16. For more information, visit www.hyf.org.uk

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