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Love Harts gig to fund circus workshops for Thanet youth

Love Harts @ Elsewhere, Margate

Gig to fund circus workshops forHartsdown ARC key students


Venue: Elsewhere, 21-22 The Centre, Margate, CT9 1JG

Date: 7pm, Thursday 20thDecember 2018


Through its partnership with local youth organisation,Arts Education Exchange (ArtsEdEx), students from Margate secondary school, Hartsdown ARC, have learnt amazing circus skills - magic tricks and tightrope walking - from entertainers at the famous Flying Seagull Project.


The weekly workshops have been a resounding success so, to fund them into 2019,ArtsEdExis organising a benefit gig at Elsewhere, Margate, on Thursday 20 December. Confirmed acts includeAfrobeat legend Dele Sosimi and his orchestra, the Cliftonville Community Singers choir,broadcaster Ayo Akinwolere, and local artists Emrys Plant, Falle Nioke and Young Brothers, with more special guests to be announced soon.


ArtsEdExfounder, Ollie Briggs, said:"Young people in the area face huge barriers to progression, but there's a real cultural revolution going on here, with an influx of creative businesses. Our job is to bridge the gap, to give local young people the skills to succeed in these industries, and to make sure these opportunities are open to all. The Love Harts event, which the young people helped to name, promises to be a great night, the ideal way to start your Christmas holiday! The aim is to raise enough to get the Seagulls back next term, so please join us if you can... and if there's anything you can do to support us please get in touch." 


Hartsdown teacher, Tony Morris, said: "We have a number of students who find education difficult, so we set out to teach them in smaller groups and in different ways - to identify and meet their needs and reintegrate them. Over the course of just a few Seagulls sessions we've seen incredible progress - students who stood backs-to-the-wall becoming fully engaged, the frequently late turning up on time. It's a pleasure to see them enjoying themselves and enjoying learning."


15-year-old Kieran Ripley said: "It's better than school! I look forward to it and I'd like to carry on doing it. We run around in the morning and then I do animation in the afternoon, which I also really enjoy."

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