Young people across Bolton will celebrate their talents by taking part in the national festival, Shine 2009.
The festival taking place this week (6 to 10 July) embraces the energy and enthusiasm of young people, teachers and youth workers.
Young people from Bolton have been selected to take part this Friday (10 July) at the Southbank Centre in London.
Forty of the borough’s young children were involved in the Find Your Talent programme and they will join with 300 children from around the country to showcase their creativity and talents.
A variety of workshops including hip hop dance and DJ skills will be held at the event, as well as lively debates on the importance of accessing culture.
Other performances include a group of Bolton’s gifted dancers who have been working with the English National Ballet and will perform The Rites of Spring.
Young leaders from ACTIV8 at the Octagon will be running a debate called Every Talent Matters to find out what other young people think is a quality cultural experience.
Young girls from Bolton Council of Mosques youth club will exhibit unique images of mosques in Bolton, with the artwork then forming part of a fascinating exhibition exploring Bolton’s history of mosques. This opens at Bolton Museum in September.
Plus Rhythm FX School of Music will be delivering a workshop with young people from St Joseph’s RC High School on the origins and heritage of Northern Soul and its effect on music and dance on the region.
These performances will take place in the renowned Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall.
Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services said: “We always knew we had many talented young people in Bolton and through the Find Your Talent Project we’ve seen these talents develop and grow.
“The project has captured the imagination of lots more of our young people to become engaged with cultural activities. Taking part in Shine 2009 is a great honour and I’m proud that Bolton’s young people will be showing that they are up there with the best.”
Paul Collard, Chief Executive of Creativity, Culture and Education, the new national organisation that manages Find Your Talent and Shine 2009, said: “Shine 2009 is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success of Find Your Talent so far. This is the first time that children and young people from all 10 pathfinders have come together to share their talents, interests and cultural experience. Share Your Talent highlights why all children must have access to high-quality cultural experiences.”
For further information contact Sarah Scott, PR and and Media Manager at Creativity, Culture and Education (details above).