The Buzz Youth Arts Festival : Arts activities for young people aged 8 – 19 yrs

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Workshops in arts and crafts, drama, dance, drumming, singing, animation, and film are among the highlights of this year’s The Buzz Youth Arts Festival running in Scunthorpe for three weeks from Monday, July 26.

This year The Buzz organiser, Janine Knight, has pulled together a programme offering a range of activities for young people aged between eight and 19 years.

“In 2010 we are focusing on the themes of recycling, the environment and being green and as well as a whole range of activities there will also be the opportunity to pick up tips on being green with North Lincolnshire Counci’s Waste Management team,“ she said.

Janine, who is based at The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber, explained £14,425 funding from Arts Council England was enabling The Buzz 2010 Festival to go ahead.

“There are workshops in drama, dance, drumming, singing, manga, animation, film, photography, arts and crafts and much much more and many of them are free,” she continued.

In the first week, from Monday July 26 to Saturday, July 31 from 10am to 3pm, The Foundry Shopping Centre is providing a shop unit free of charge for a wide range of free activities which include giant sculpture, paper bead jewellery, mini re-cycled books, mini clay tiles, recycled paper kites and creating unique prints from recycled materials.

Also in The Foundry, North Lincolnshire’s Waste Management team will be on hand on Monday, 26, Wednesday 28 and Friday July 30 from 10am until 12 noon to show how to turn unwanted paper into beautiful recycled beads and bracelets, weave juice cartons into useful everyday objects and make recycled paper.

Other free workshops the same week see Kirsty Champ at Central Library showing how to make a giant origami sculpture every afternoon from 1pm to 3pm while at St Hugh’s  Communication and Interaction Specialist College there are two workshops primarily targeted at young people with special education needs – the fist on Monday July 26 sees Marilyn Oliver showing how to make decorated clay plaques and the second, at the same time the following day, sees Mags Bradley making mini recycled books using recycled papers and carrier bags.

Both these workshops run from 10am until 12 noon.

A full list of activities for the three weeks can be found on www.thebuzzwebsite.co.uk

Other workshops and activities including auditions can be booked by calling Janine on 01652 662033 and for performances at The Plowright Theatre by calling 01724 277733.

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