Norwich’s Culture Works East to work with hundreds of young people at Latitude Festival

A Norfolk youth organisation is expecting to work with hundreds of young people during this weekend's Latitude Festival.

Culture Works East, which is based at the Open Youth Venue at Bank Plain, in Norwich, will be based in the In Betweeners area at Henham Park.

It is the second time Culture Works East has organised events at the festival and this year it is working alongside popular music college Access to Music to put on the Inbetweeners Stage too.

It will feature performances from a host of young people from Norfolk and Suffolk schools and up-and-coming acts from the two counties. The site will also be run and stage managed by Access to Music students.

Elli Chapman, Culture Works East director, said: 'Culture Works will run a range of workshops and masterclasses – everything from animation and a fashion emporium to silk screen printing, t-shirt design.

'We'll also have a news room where young people can work on site at Latitude, doing photography, writing reviews, doing radio broadcasts.'

Last year, the youth group worked with 300 to 400 young people and are hoping the link-up with Access for Music means many more will get involved this time.

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Miss Chapman said: 'We've got a team of 60 tutors, workshop assistants, stage managers and technicians going along and we're also taking some apprentices from Access to Music and some of the young team leaders from Culture Works.

'It was really popular last year. The young people created some great content. It's all about the young driving their own creative journey. They can spend 20 minutes making a ring tone or three days with us making their own fashion collection.'

Melvin Benn, founder and creator of Latitude, said: 'Involving local organisations is very important to Latitude and Culture Works East's presence in the Inbetweeners Area is just one of example of a successful partnership.

'The variety and quality of the activities they provide to teenagers at the festival is incredible. With their sessions booking out across the weekend, I'm sure the parents wish they could have a go.'

Ian Johnson, of Access To Music, added: 'This stage is a brilliant opportunity for our students to perform and work on a professional stage at a world renowned festival.'

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