Artistic activities had the objective to engage young people and provide opportunity to channel energy and enthusiasm in a positive way. The photography and the rap workshops have been the most successful activities, both for the collective enthusiasm and the individual talent that have been discovered and developed. One participant of the photography workshop has shown real talent in creativity and compositional skills. This “artistic eye” has been noticed by the professional photographer and in the near future we would like to be able to help him to develop this talent. For the moment, he was rewarded with many of his pictures shown in the photography of the festival and with the chance to use a professional camera to take picture of the event. The photography exhibition was so appreciated by the location management (Six Brixton) that we have been asked to leave it in place for two more weeks. The rap workshop has been another reason of satisfaction. All the participants have contributed with their lyrics that have been recorded in a collective song. This song will be given by each participants as a tangible memory of this amazing experience. The professional rapper (MC Solomon from Assembly of Creative Arts) has been an amazing facilitator and was very satisfied of the final result. In particular, two individuals have finally found an opportunity to show and improve their natural talent for hip hop. One participant was given the chance to perform his own rap song during the festival and another one performed a break dancing during the exhibition of the festival head-liner (MC Solomon). Both were very much appreciated by the audience with a obvious boost for their self esteem.
After a very intense month we can say that we are proud of our work and proud of our young people. We wish to our young participants a future full of all the opportunities they wish and they deserve but this is not the end of it. Our intention is to continue to collaborate with this group and with new participants in the future to keep all the positive energies we have seen and to develop towards new directions.
A special thanks to Lambeth Council that has funded this wonderful project and to all the staff and volunteers of IRMO that have helped us organising the final event.