All Present

This project is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund until December 2019.

Through the All Present project, Youth Cymru and the Awen Cultural Trust, with young people (aged 11- 25) lead an investigation of the experiences of youth and what it is and was like to be young in Bridgend through the generations.

With the stories of older generations from the local area, the project focuses on the experiences of youth, enabling the sharing of their histories with the young participants. The project allowed young people to compare and reflect on their own contemporary lives.

All Present explores the heritage of local people and places around Bridgend, from the 1940’s till Present day. Through exploring these 8 different eras it ensures the heritage that has not previously been recorded or documented and is currently only know by older generations is heard by all.

This project can be picked up and used pan Wales through our toolkit, which is available to download for free further on this page. Inside this toolkit you will find activities and resources to help, inspire and motivate young people to learn about their local heritage, through different themes such as fashion, music, food. Which can all come together to create a heritage celebration event. Through this toolkit, all generations will have the opportunity to explore, research, investigate and document youth experience through the ages, exploring the similarities and differences.

To celebrate all the stories and people involved in All Present we held a heritage showcase at The Pavilion Theatre, Wednesday 20th November 2019. Our show was a sell out with over 150 tickets sold to people in the community, all money raised being donated to KPC. KPC Youth & Community is a charitable organisation which provides a safe and nurturing environment for children, young people and those who impact on their lives. KPC does this by providing training, recreation, advice, support and creating opportunities to improve well-being for all within the Bridgend area.

This youth lead event was open to the public and featured a vintage fashion show, alongside musical and dance performances.The show dazzled our audience members as they were taken through an immersive, time-travelling experience. There were musical performances of ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ from our very own Andrew Sisters in the 1940s, Porthcawl Comp choir’s rendition of ‘Penny Lane’ taking us back to the 60s, and solo performances of ‘It must have been love’ and ’Chiquitita’.
Emma Louise School of Dance did an amazing job pulling together 3 dance pieces, encouraging young people from the ages of 8 to 16 to dance and perform on the stage! The audience was in awe of their 1940s Jive, 1980s breakdance, and 90s ’Spice Girls’ routine!
To top it all off, to take us through each era, we had our 3 stylish young models, rocking fashion from the 1940s up to present day! They made their way down the catwalk with such elegance, and it was amazing to see the progression of fashion and how styles have changed over time.

During the All Present project we collected photos and stories from residents of all ages. To ensure the legacy of the project everything we have collected will be offered to the People’s Collection Wales, online database, and a physical display at Pyle Library, Bridgend.  You can see below a collection of the stories and photos that were collected.

Kirstie Edwards

Kirstie Edwards

Project Co-ordinator
01443 827840
@kirstiecymru
kirstie@youthcymru.org.uk
projects@youthcymru.org.uk

Anna Arrieta

Anna Arrieta

Anna Arrieta
Projects and Training Co-ordinator
01443 827840
anna@youthcymru.org.uk
projects@youthcymru.org.uk