Carnival Village Trust makes a significant contribution to the nation's artistic landscape and to the enrichment of people's lives by developing and delivering carnival arts that are primarily rooted in Caribbean cultural traditions. As London's premier development agency for Carnival Arts, we promote the arts, crafts and business of this relatively unsung art form in the UK, focussing on its roots and broader cultural impact. We have the background to do so and are well placed in the locality of Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's largest carnival and celebration of African Caribbean culture to deliver our exciting arts programme. CVT manages two venues; the Tabernacle which a m... read more Carnival Village Trust makes a significant contribution to the nation's artistic landscape and to the enrichment of people's lives by developing and delivering carnival arts that are primarily rooted in Caribbean cultural traditions. As London's premier development agency for Carnival Arts, we promote the arts, crafts and business of this relatively unsung art form in the UK, focussing on its roots and broader cultural impact. We have the background to do so and are well placed in the locality of Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's largest carnival and celebration of African Caribbean culture to deliver our exciting arts programme. CVT manages two venues; the Tabernacle which a multi-purpose venue in the heart of Notting Hill and the Yaa Centre in North Westminster. Fundamental to the organisation's vision of promoting Caribbean Carnival heritage, the Yaa Centre is a Carnival Arts and Events building. This venue houses a unique combination of a main performance space (capacity 200) and also features facilities such as video production and editing suits, music production suites, a large steel band and orchestra rehearsal studio and a soon to be refurbished recording studio. The Yaa Centre is home to an exciting roster of Carnival Arts workshops and our learning programme is based on extending knowledge and understanding of the Carnival arts and the history of Caribbean Carnival. The Centre offers opportunities for local schools and colleges to deliver and engage their young people in arts workshops and cultural activities. With the support of industry experienced artist-tutors in Carnival Arts, music, performing arts and media, CVT has designed a Youth Theatre Programme that will offer a wide range of workshops across various disciplines, combining youth-led creative learning with relevant industry-related skills. The project has been designed to specifically develop creative, technical, social and vocational skills whilst ensuring a carefully tailored pastoral package is available to support participants and to build confidence. Working on the basis of national indicators such as the Index of Multiple Deprivation (2010) and the supplementary indices such as Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI), the programme aims to target its provision to 'hotspots' within the local borough and surrounding areas. Westminster is a very wealthy borough and one of the most prosperous in the country with the average income of residents being the third highest of any borough in the UK. Despite this there are pockets of extreme deprivation and poverty; the statistics paint a picture of a borough in the midst of an inequality crisis with extreme disparity of income, high levels of child poverty and a significant housing shortage. In January 2018, the End Child Poverty coalition published figures which reveal that Westminster is 6th in the top 25 local authorities with highest levels of child poverty across the UK. There is no doubt of the economic importance of the creative industries to the UK. At 6.2 % of the economy and growing at twice the rate of other sectors, the UK's creative industry is proportionately the largest of any in the world. There are over 100,000 creative and cultural jobs in Westminster alone , which make up 15 per cent of all jobs in the city. To support the growth of this industry there is a need to open up jobs in the creative industries to young people from disadvantaged areas. The programme will aim to provide young people with much sought after practical experience so that they are in a better position to obtain employment in the industry and take advantage of its continuing growth. There have consultations with the young people from the local schools and youth service providers in the North Westminster area about what kinds of activities would be most beneficial for them. As a result of these meetings, CVT recognises the need to stimulate a fundamental shift in out-of-school services to help young people aspire and achieve. Key issues are the gap between employers' expectations regarding young people's readiness for work and those of young people and those who advise them. There is also a recognition that many young people are going into low-skilled or unqualified work as a result of a lack of identified career path or training. This programme is designed to bridge the knowledge gap between the wants and needs of industry and the training path young people need to take. The feedback from the young people was very instrumental in the structuring of this programme. The issues of paramount importance to the young people were: 1. The young people would like to have a safe space to meet and collaborate with other young people 2. A safe space to express themselves creatively 3. Access to career progression routes. Thus, the scope of the provision will allow young people from all backgrounds to socialise and work together thereby unpacking stereotypical assumptions they may have of each other. It is estimated that CVT's Youth Theatre Programme may provide some measure of success in bridging postcode divides where young people consider the performing spaces as neutral territory. The Youth Theatre Programme aims to focus on: *Professional Development - providing young people with opportunities to develop their creative and technical skills to further progress their chances of gaining employment as well as accessing further education *Pastoral Care - supporting young people, building partnerships and learning to manage and resolve conflict *Formal Learning Providers - working with those in education, creative organisations, developing targeted provision, partnerships, work experience and accreditation (Arts Awards). *Community Outreach - providing creative opportunities and targeted provision for young people, including those post 16 NEETs or those in danger of becoming NEET *Partnership working, work experience and Industry Masterclasses . The longer term impacts of the Youth Theatre Programme include: *A greater awareness of the opportunities in the creative industries for young people. *A greater sense of autonomy and self determination for disadvantaged young people gained through a dynamic range of provision that will motivate them towards continued learning and training. *To enable disadvantaged young people to develop socially, academically and personally through creative expression thereby reversing the negative perception they may have of themselves. *To broaden the horizons of the most disadvantaged young people and empower them to believe that they have the same choice and aspirations as their mainstream peers *To encourage a sustainable flow of young creative industry practitioners, leaders and mentors that will act as positive role models to their peers and the wider community. *To diversify the range of young people gaining technical and creative skills that will keep the creative industry sector healthy, vibrant and fully representative of contemporary British Culture. The programme will be split into four project strands - Carnival Arts, Music Dance & Drama, Broadcast Media and Professional Development, complemented by personal and social development support, to offer participants routes into employment in the creative media industry. Young people will learn to develop their organisational skills and an eye for detail. Carnival Arts: Experience in the theatre, film or costume industry is highly valued by employers and this project strand will help develop young people's practical skills in: *Costume design *Fashion *Dressmaking *Textiles *Production skills like pattern cutting, hand and machine sewing *Fitting, altering and adapting costumes Music, Drama and Dance Workshops: Young people hoping to progress in the performing arts industry must be skilled in particular disciplines and need to display certain skills and talents. Without the required skills, it is going to be a challenge to access opportunities available. These projects will focus on drama, music and song writing, developing vocal and dance skills. *Musicians Collective - Young musicians to form and work as a core collective and perform in theatre productions *Singers Collective - Young singers to form and work as a core collective and perform in theatre productions *Dance Workshops - young people will work towards performing in theatre productions *Drama Workshops - young people will work towards performing in theatre productions Broadcast and Media Workshop: The Broadcast and Media Programme will engage a diverse range of young people including those Not in Education Employment or Training (NEET) and those at risk of becoming NEET, to realise their creative potential and improve their life chances. Specifically, the programme provides professional standard experience in digital filmmaking. The workshop will film and produce a documentary on the life and outcomes of the project. In this workshop young people will cover: *Planning & storyboarding *Introduction to cameras *Introduction to lighting *Introduction to sound *Interview techniques for documentary *Setting up and filming a short promo video for the Youth Theatre Programme project *Digital editing using Adobe Premiere The Youth Theatre Programme will also work with employers to design and implement real life work experience opportunities for young people. Throughout the timeline of the programme, CVT will host employability events, where the young people, employers in the creative industries and training providers will meet face-to-face and complete first round interviews to identify potential candidates for second round interviews, apprenticeships, internships, work experience and employment opportunities.
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