Young people came together to celebrate a project which put an end to the idea that "Nowt Happens" in East Durham.
Young people from across the area took part in a showcase event at Dawdon Youth & Community Centre, Seaham, in front of family and friends, to celebrate their achievements in organising five major arts events across the area.
The showcase event was part of East Durham Trust's 'No More Nowt Happens' project which is funded by County Durham Community Foundation. The project brings groups of young people together to plan and stage arts events with professional performers and artists in local non-traditional venues, putting an end to the idea that 'Nowt Happens'.
Performers including Barry Hyde, of the Futureheads, and Door-to-Door Poet Rowan McCabe joined the young people in a multimedia celebration that featured performances, works of art, music and more.
The project also included a major photography exhibition, a music gig, a spoken word night, a comedy night and a digital art exhibition. All events were organised and run by young people in their own communities. the events engaged an audience of more than 550 people with almost 100 young people becoming involved.
Prior to organising the event, many of the young people had never attended concerts or exhibitions but were encouraged to go and see such events to inspire them ahead of the planning stage. Many of the young people also formed friendships as well as developing their social networks, learning new skills and growing in confidence.
Malcolm Fallow, Chief Executive of East Durham Trust, said: "This project has been a revelation in that young people have really helped to put their respective communities on the cultural map".
Youngsters organised a major poetry event in the unlikely setting of a former Miners Welfare Hall.
Almost 100 people attended the event at Blackhall Community Centre, one of the first of it’s kind in this area.
The event was part of East Durham Trust’s 'No More Nowt Happens' project, which is funded by County Durham Community Foundation and supported by East Durham Creates, a project funded by Arts Council England.
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A GROUP of young people organised a major poetry event in the unlikely setting of a former miners’ welfare hall.
Almost 100 people attended the reading in Blackhall Community Centre, in east Durham.
The event was part of East Durham Trust’s 'No More Nowt Happens' project, funded by County Durham Community Foundation supported by East Durham Creates, a project funded by Arts Council England.
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A team of young music fans are preparing to stage their own sold-out gig after going on the road to discover how live shows come together. The group from Dawdon Youth and Community Centre are set to host their own night of live entertainment featuring Barry Hyde, the Futureheads member who also performs solo, as part of a packed bill of acts.
It is one of a series of events in the 'No More Nowt Happens' project, which brings together young people to help them plan and stage their own event with professional performers and artists in no-traditional venues - and prove the point that plenty happens in East Durham.
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Young people are bringing indie music star Barry Hyde of the Furtureheads to their local community Centre.
Tickets are already sold out for the gig at Dawdon Community Centre, Seaham, on Friday.
The gig is part of a series of events that make up East Durham Trust's 'No More Nowt Happens' project which is funded by County Durham Community Foundation supported by East Durham Creates - a project funded by Arts Council England.
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A CHARITY is set to launch a new project aimed at engaging local young people in staging arts events in their own communities.
East Durham Trust (EDT), supported by County Durham Community Foundation, say they are looking to put an end young people suggesting that there was a lack of local events and that the only way to engage in arts activity was to travel outside of the area.
Known as No More Nowt Happens, the project will involve young people planning and staging events in local venues such as community centres over the next year.
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