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EVENT: IntroFest 2018

Youth Cymru are excited to present the brand new IntroFest 2018 at Ogmore Castle, FREE ENTRY. The two-day festival will be held on the Saturday 11th from 10am-8pm and Sunday 12th from 10am-6pm. There will be NO CAMPING provided however there are plenty of campsites nearby the venue for those who wish to stay the night.

We have a fantastic line up of talented young people performing, including those belonging to our Youth Cymru network. Come and show your support for the music stars of the future! Not only that, but the two days will be jam packed with amazing activities that all of the family can enjoy. Whether you like arts and crafts, competing in our giant dart board competition or getting covered in glitter tattoos while having your hair braided, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this year’s IntroFest.

There will be a licensed bar to include soft drinks tea and coffee. Plus pony rides, local cake sale and cream teas and face painting! We will also have workshops run by the Young People themselves! All of their hard work will be accredited and go towards their Awards For All.

We would like to thank Ogmore Farm Riding Centre for providing a free venue for the event.

THIS YEARS OFFICIAL LINE UP

Let us know you are coming on our INTROFEST 2018 Facebook Event

If you would like to volunteer at our event see details of roles below – email anna@youthcymru.org.uk or APPLY ONLINE

The Big Music Project Champions sign up

Megan Wigley Jones

Megan Jones was one of our amazing volunteers at The Big Music Project. The 21 year old from Pontyclun snapped away at artists, stalls and the venue throughout the day. Megan first became interested in photography at University where she studied Media Production. Throughout her time at University she collaborated with other courses and began photographing for them. It became her favourite part of her degree and soon discovered that she could do more with her new favourite hobby. Megan didn’t have any professional experience until she volunteered at The Big Music Project; however now she can say that she has photographed the likes of Plan B, Becky Hill and Rydian Roberts.

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I asked Megan what she took away from the event she explained that;

 

I was really excited to be part of the day but I was also really nervous about it. There is so much going on behind the scenes of the music industry that I didn’t know about, but now I have more of an idea. Everyone around had a really positive attitude and told us don’t give up. It was an excellent day.

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What did you feel the highlight was for you?

 

For me it was listening to Becky Hill’s Q&A. Her set was quite short with only 3 or 4 songs which I was SO gutted about as I could’ve watched her all day but regardless, she did it justice! I stood there with my trusty camera at the very front, snapping away and singing along to all the songs!

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If you could change anything what would it be?

Next time I would definitely sign on to the workshops. They looked really good and gave some excellent advice to people who wanted to go into the field

 

Megan would love a career in the music industry, not necessarily centre stage, but behind the scenes, perhaps working on the stage management and lighting or becoming such an amazing photographer those big name artists will be calling her to come to their gigs. Megan is also a blogger, and a pretty great one at that! This is definitely something to check out, learn how to make toffee apples and a little more about her experience at The Big Music Project!

 

We wish Megan all the best and one day we will be seeing her incredible photography in the celebrity magazines!

 

Check out her amazing blog here: http://meganwigley.wordpress.com/category/blogs/

And here is her twitter: https://twitter.com/MWigleySongs

 

 

Major music project under way!

The O2 arena’s British Music Experience event space was the setting for the launch of The Big Music Project, an ambitious consortium connecting with young people through their love of music.  including 16 young people from Youth Cymru.

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The Big Music Project - Launch Event

 The Big Music Project* will set up 100 music hubs in disadvantaged communities across the UK to:

  • build and accredit peer education skills amongst young people;
  • offer young people personal and career development opportunities within the music industry;
  • create music-based learning opportunities and events in the wider community.

 

Youth presence

150 young people took part in the Project’s official launch on February 17. The day included the chance to quiz industry professionals in a Q&A session, as well as an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the preparations for the 2014 BRIT Awards, just two days before the big night.

 

The young attendees also had a tour of the interactive British Music Experience at the O2, where members of the British Music Experience’s education team ran workshops on the range of job opportunities available in the music industry.

 

Key messages

Representatives of the key partners expressed their ambitions for the project and the thinking behind it:

  • Peter Ainsworth, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “The Big Music Project is one of a number of initiatives we are backing that aim to empower young people to shape their own futures and to play an active role in their communities.”
  • Chief Executive of the BPI and The BRIT Awards, Geoff Taylor, said: “We’ll give talented young musicians the chance to compete and perform in front of industry stars and decision-makers. And we’ll offer internships in record companies, provide work experience and signpost young people towards training opportunities, so that they may one day find themselves working in one of the many exciting roles in the business.”
  • Stephen Miron, Group CEO, Global summed up: “We passionately believe that music can be a catalyst for change…by providing access to Capital FM, the UK’s No1 hit music station, we are well placed to inspire young people to fulfil their potential through our shared love of music.”
  • UK Youth’s Interim CEO, Dominic Cotton, adds: “Music is the perfect medium to engage young people. This project will reach and inspire thousands and create tangible opportunities for many.”

 

Grassroots training

UK Youth’s focus will now be on recruiting and supporting 1000 young project champions. These champions will set up their own local music projects, working as peer educators, with the aim of reaching a further 10,000 young people. Champions will receive a project planning toolkit developed with the BRIT School to help them plan and deliver their projects which could be anything from running open mic nights to hosting a festival! This will be a unique experience for young people to develop employability skills and gain valuable work experience.

 

*The Big Music Project consortium brings together Global Radio, the BPI – with its BRITs brand – and the grassroots networks of UK Youth, including Youth Scotland, Youth Cymru, Youth Action Northern Ireland, Rathbone and Myplace. The Project is supported by the BIG Lottery Fund.

Click here for The Big Music Project website.

Twitter: @BigMusicUK

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