Easter is around the corner, and we’ve got some cracking holiday activities for you!
We’ve been busy delivering holiday activity workshops with partners NextGen Music to teens in Littlehampton during the school holidays.
Helped by funding from West Sussex County Council’s HAF scheme, these workshops were made free to children aged 11 – 16 in receipt of free school meals or with refugee status. Each person attending received a free hot nutritious meal for lunch and the music leaders and students sat and ate lunch together, sharing musical interests & insights, it was quite special.
Deen Nauthoa, CEO of NextGen Music shares:
“Students who were a little shy to begin with, were confidently sharing and discussing their creations by just the end of the first day. Being together and collaborating with their peers in a creative environment offers children the opportunity to express themselves in a judgment free zone, and to learn how to work effectively with one another.
It was important to us to deliver the best possible experience for the children; we wanted to ensure that the students left inspired and eager to continue creating after the workshops were finished. In truth, I think the students inspired us just as much as we did them. Their approach to creativity was so unrestrained and free flowing; you could see just how much fun they were having with the process, and their focus levels were astounding, there was no stopping them!”
We sat down with Louie Le Vack (Associate tutor at West Sussex Music) and Ronnie (workshop attendee) to find out more about the Rap workshops, watch the video here.
Students were also given the opportunity to create a video to accompany the music they produced. Here’s a music video four attendees co-created, click here to watch. The shots in the video were imagined by the students, and the song and lyrics have been created and produced entirely by the students themselves.
Over the Easter Holidays, we’re thrilled to have another opportunity to engage with young people and get them involved in developing their music-making. We have extended our activities and are pleased to offer teens the following activities:
- Bognor Regis – Rap Workshops (11 – 13 April)
- Crawley – DJ Workshops (3 – 5 April)
- Littlehampton – Rap and Music Production Workshops (3 – 5 April)
What’s more, we’re opening our offer to make these activities available to all teens in Bognor Regis, Crawley and Littlehampton. We still have bursaries and free spaces available for families in receipt of benefits, but we are also offering paid spaces for those who do not fit into this category. Find out more and sign up here
We would like to take this opportunity to extend a special thank you to West Sussex County Council’s Holiday Activities and Food team for supporting this workshop through the HAF scheme. You can find out more about this programme here.