BBC BLAST – BACKGROUND
Blast is the BBC’s scheme that helps young people between the ages of 13 and 19 to use and develop their creativity. The tour visits different locations across the UK offering the teenagers free workshops and chances to learn from experienced professionals with further opportunities to showcase their talent through competitions and the social network on the website which allows them to forge links and collaborations with other creative young people.
Blast has something for everyone and covers the whole of the arts with workshops in music production/ film making/ song-writing/slam poetry/free-style brazilian football/photography/dance- street and contemporary/ hip hop shakespeare / Radio Presenting and Emceeing to Parkour and everything in between! It is also tailored for every level of learning with three main groups; Discoverer, entry level workshops in which we offer drop in sessions to get people trying out new mediums and processes; Explorer, where the participant has already tried the particular medium and is keen to see how they can develop their skills and Creator, where they are confident with their skills and want to challenge themselves to produce a creatively exciting piece of work. Blast is especially keen to engage young people who may not be as strongly attracted to academia but may be encouraged to connect to the creative arts and allow their natural talents to flourish.
As well as running an event at the New Vic College on the 9th and 10th of July, Blast will also be running Blast events at the Lord Mayor’s Newham show in East Ham Central Park on the 11th and 12th July. We are offering a wide range of workshops at both events (for a selection of planned workshops please see the attached sheet). Our BAT (Blast Advanced Tour) van will also be visiting different locations in the Newham area to drum up publicity about both events.
Blast is dedicated to promoting creativity in young people and is very eager for the teenagers who attend our workshops, and are inspired, to follow up on their newly ignited interests and find out what opportunities are available to them locally so they can strengthen their bonds and unite with their community through the arts. This is why we are proud to be working in partnership this year with the following Newham based contributors Newham Council, Newham College of Further Education, New Vic College, East London Dance, Urban Development, A New Direction, Ape Media, Skillset, UEL, Birbeck and more who are enriching their community with their original and innovative creative produce and their opportunities for young people. We are also excited to be working with a number of experienced and professional facilitators who will be delivering the workshops.