Belfast Urban Affinity Festival 2015
Oh Yeah ran its fourth year of Belfast Urban Affinity on Wednesday 11th November 2015.
Urban Affinity is an open day at Oh Yeah providing hard to reach young people with free access to a variety of music related taster sessions. The aim is to encourage participation and expose young people to the enjoyment of music, but also introduce them to potential employment, training or volunteering opportunities in the music industry.
With an emphasis on urban, pop and hip hop, a variety of taster sessions are on offer including club and radio DJing, photography, rap, vocal coaching, song writing, production and studio time.
Stress busting drum sessions were included in this years programme and there was advice on backstage careers too.
Special guest artists sharing their skills at the event included Belfast Hip Hop artist Jun Tzu, who facilitated spoken word and rap workshops and Zimbabwean musician Wilson Magwere who delivered a djembe drum session.
It was a hugely enjoyable day for all involved, from staff and volunteers to facilitators and the young people themselves. Special thanks to the following groups that brought or sent young people along for the day: St Patrick's College, South East Regional College, Skills for Your Life group, Public Achievement's LEAD group, People 1st, The Orchardville Society and MACS Supporting Young People.
Young people were able to participate in five workshops each across the day. In total we delivered 29 workshops to over 90 young people.
Thanks also to our tenants BMC who kindly gave up the rehearsal rooms for the day.
Thanks to our facilitators from Shoot Positive, First Music NI, Gigga Training, Start Together Studio, LJHTV, Jun Tzu, Wilson Magwere and Mairead Campbell.
Priority of place was offered to youth, NEETS and community organisations on a registration basis.
If you would like to bring a group in November 2016 contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshops normally include:
Rap and Spoken Word
Radio DJing and Presenting
Djembe Drum Session
Vocal Coaching and Singing
Record A Song with Start Together Studio
Urban/Street and Music Photography
Write and Record a Ringtone
Backstage careers information session – Jobs, training, volunteering.
Instrument Demos – try out guitar, bass, drums, and keys.
This year’s event was made possible with support from the George Best Belfast City Airport Community Fund.
'I now feel more informed about industry opportunities, it was a great day'
'I enjoyed being hands on with equipment and talking to professionals about the work they do. It's created an interest for me to find out more and possibly pursue it too'
'I think you'se were brilliant'
'Was the best day of my life'
' I really enjoyed working with Jun Tzu. It gave me the confidence to let my feelings out on a piece of paper.'
'The instrument tasters, DJing and photography were my favourites'
Previous years feedback:
'Loved it! Great experience.' - young participant
‘The young people had a fantastic time and it was great to see some of them challenge themselves to display their talents in front of others. Well done for organising a great day! Will be looking forward to next year!’ - Youth worker, Opportunity Youth.
'Thank you for a great, innovative, fun day. The group really enjoyed it. I think the fact they stayed to the end proved this!' - Youth worker, Youth Action.
'Best day of my life' - young participant
Video of last years project available here.
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