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.