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B Creative Summer School 2018 – week 1 – Vocalise Your Values

9 Aug

By Morgan McManus Lee – B Peer Leader:

B Creative Summer School kicked off with ‘Vocalise your Values’ – a 3-day summer intensive of the B project’s ‘Lyrical,’ a singing, song writing and music production project. Working with artists Fran Lobo and Tony Nwachukwu, we created pieces that aim to promote change and enable our voices to be heard. Several activities allowed us to think about what transformation we would like to see in the world, and looked at assorted examples of activism.

We thought about and discussed issues that mattered to us, and themes that arose included bullying, parental tactics, equality and diversity. Various conversations surrounding why these issues matter, how we would like to inform others of the issues, and how we can change them followed. The conversations were really interesting as everyone had different opinions and felt differently about some subjects. Often the room was split, but everyone had the freedom to express themselves safely and without judgement. For inspiration, we looked at several methods that have been used historically and contemporarily as activism. Striking, terrorism and peaceful protest were explored, and we decided the best way to get our message across was a peaceful protest.

We then had to think about what our peaceful protest would look like. A traditional feminist chant ‘Tower of Strength’ was a good starting point, uniting the group and giving us a taste of what previous protests have looked and felt like throughout time. The ‘All Change Together Party’ was born, and we collectively created a manifesto that summed up our beliefs. Homemade pickets expressing our beliefs were also created to add to the authenticity of our protest. Writing a song felt necessary, as music is one of the best ways to unite a group of people, and knew that if we made it catchy then people will remember it. We then fashioned our own individual pieces and some role-play to expand our understanding of these. Tony and Fran encouraged us to work on our stage presence as a key way to get your message across is to be sure of yourself. A lot of importance was placed on our body language and the clarity of our voice on stage, as they are just as important as the words we are saying.

The highlight of the week was definitely seeing everyone’s confidence improve. By the end of the three days the group felt a lot more comfortable sharing their opinions and values, and also opened up to other points of view. The emphasis on stage presence also empowered everyone, and allowed us to say our pieces with conviction.

Next stop …Be a Mover and Shaker with Candoco Dance Company 6-10 August at Platform.

New Autumn/Winter 2013 Projects

15 Nov

B project paper objectsWe’re pleased to announce 3 new B Projects for this autumn:

Write Ideas

An author-led writing project with Sara Grant and Sarah Mussi. Discover how to create stories, poetry and more, enjoy soon-to-be-published books and meet professionals from the publishing world. Complete with cup cakes! Write Ideas is a partnership with Platform Young Creative Producers, Hot Key Books, Edge Writers Group and Islington Libraries.

Tuesdays 5-7pm @ Platform, 260 Hornsey Road, N7 7QT

B Photography

Work with professional photographer Marysa Dowling to develop your skills and ideas, and create your own images.

Wednesdays 5-7pm @ Platform, 260 Hornsey Road, N7 7QT

B Voices

A creative project, which mixes drama, creative writing and performance skills, led by poet, playwright and performer Kat Francois – work with other young women to find creative ways of expressing your ideas and having your say.

Wednesdays 4.30-6.30pm @ Canonbury Youth Project, Canonbury Youth Project, Unit 3, St. Paul’s Road, London N1 2SY

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New spring 2013 B Projects…

10 Mar

We’re pleased to announce 2 new B Projects:

B Singing
B Singing is a new opportunity for young women aged 13-19 to try their hand at singing under the guidance of a professional singing coach. Participants will gain skills and experience in vocal training whilst learning new songs in a variety of styles and enjoying singing as part a group.

No experience required!
Thursdays 4.30-6pm Platform Youth Hub, 260 Hornsey Road, N7 7QT

Write Ideas
An author-led story-making project for young people aged 13-19 led by the B project and Platform’s Young Creative Producers with Hot Key Books and the Edge Writers Group. Discover how to create stories in lots of different ways and enjoy soon to be published books with professional authors. With hot chococlate and cup cakes!
Tuesdays 4.30-7pm Platform Youth Hub, 260 Hornsey Road, N7 7QT

Write Ideas is delivered in partnership with:

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B Project – Yarn Dance

19 Jan

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A mix of tea and cake, knitting and dancing!

Free entry

Free tea, hot chocolate and cake

Free guerilla knitting workshop

Free tea dancing

An intergenerational event – all ages welcome!

Platform, Hornsey Road Baths, 260 Hornsey Road, N7 7QT

Yarn Dance is a partnership between All Change’s ‘B’ project for young women, Here To Islington , Cubitt Education and Platform Youth Hub.
The event is supported by The Woodlands Trust, Islington Giving and Islington Council.

 

 

B ‘Pop Up’ Christmas Choir

14 Dec

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Tuesday 18 December 2012, 4-7pm Join us for some festive singing!

Starting @ LIFT Youth Hub then heading out to Angel Islington.

For young women aged 13-19 – FREE to take part!

 

B Welcomes new Peer Leaders

26 Oct

The B Project is pleased to welcome 8 new Peer Leaders aged 15-20 to the team this autumn – Nicola, Jowie, Morgan, Bethlehem, Kiri, Skye, Hermine (all pictured in the back row above left to right) and Arjeta (not pictured), join Lucy, Abira, Lyndsey, Lamar, (pictured left to right front row) Desara and Chloe (not pictured). The new team of 14 young women will be developing and co-producing new an exciting projects and initiatives for young women aged 13-19 in Islington this Autumn and Spring. More info coming soon!

B VOICES – new autumn 2012 project

9 Sep

B VOICES – starts MONDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2012, 5-7PM @ LIFT, White Lion Street, N1

Brand new creative project for young women aged 13-19 led by poet and performer KAT FRANCOIS – explore ideas and issues that matter to young women, and creatively find ways of expressing these and having your say!

A fun and friendly new project where you can meet other young women, learn new skills and create your own work.

Come along and find out more!

FREE ADMISSION

B CREATIVE at Cally Festival 16 Sep 2012

9 Sep

B CREATIVE at the Cally Festival on Caledonian Road this Sunday 16 September from 12 -6pm.

A special area for Young Women aged 13-19 with creative activities just for you – come along and join in!

B Creative Week finale!

2 Aug

Come down to Exmouth Market tomorrow afternoon at 2pm to see the amazing finale of B Creative Week! We can’t tell you exactly what’s going to be happening as it’s going to be a surprise but expect music, dance, fashion and some incredible young women doing their thing! Don’t miss it!

B visits Little Angel Theatre

19 Jul

Hidden from view lies the Little Angel Theatre. This is like no other theatre as its performers are controlled by strings, puppets of all shapes and sizes who come to life and perform. It was a pleasant surprise to discover that this little gem was in Islington, behind St Mary’s Church. We were given a unique tour around the theatre, learning the history of the building that was bought after the war. You may be thinking how can I get involved? For those interested in something different it offers a unique experience filled with creativity and opportunity, and for those unsure it gives you the chance to have a voice to express yourself and explore the actor in you without being on stage. They have lots of great shows on, and a special deal that happens every Friday at 5pm where you can buy tickets for £5, what a bargain! They also offer projects for young people to get involved and create their own shows, the prices are little steep but there are concessions available if you would like to participate so definitely find out more. Overall this theatre is intimate with a friendly atmosphere and at the heart of Islington. It is worth visiting so I would have to give it silver rating. Go to www.littleangeltheatre.com or email sarah@littleangeltheatre.com for more details.