Conflict discussed and expressed through spoken-word and music
On Thursday 29 April 2021, our London team coordinated and hosted its first virtual open mic event for programme graduates and young people living in the capital. Its purpose was to provide a space for young people to share their creativity, receive feedback from judges on how they can refine their craft and for an audience to celebrate their talent.
The evening was hosted by the wonderful Kianu Glasgow (Young Women's Project Worker and creative) and judged by Dionne Emmerson (Young Trainer and musician), Chloe Thorogood (Improving Prospects Project Worker and creative) and guest judge Eerf Evil (youth worker and artist).
We had young people sing and perform pieces ranging from the good news that their mum had received the all clear from cancer treatment, to issues of masculinity, social media, racial division, and politics. It was incredible to hear young people express themselves and for them to be so open to sharing their personal pain, triumph and doubts.
A huge congratulations to all 14 performers that took part on the night. Congratulations to Jordan for winning, and to Peter and Aaron for receiving the runners up prizes. Your pieces were brave, inspiring and truthful.
"It was a super hard choice for the judges today, and I feel like everyone went in and I feel blessed being a part of this today. The person that stood out for us was ‘levels’ above - from when they started to when he finished performing. So big up to Jordan O Music on winning tonight’s Virtual Open Mic Event." - Eerf Evil (Guest Judge, Youth Worker and Artist)
The next opportunity to connect with other Leap graduates and young people, is our Small Axe film screening and panel conversation with Leroy Logan MBE on Tuesday 25 May from 6pm.