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Havering college students join in first youth-led festival of culture

PUBLISHED: 10:28 11 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:28 11 December 2015

Members of the UFest Street Team who helped organise the event. Picture LLDC

Members of the UFest Street Team who helped organise the event. Picture LLDC

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Students from Havering College completed work experience at a large scale youth-led festival which featured Naughty Boy, producer to the stars, in the Olympic Park.

Urban act Section Boyz performing at UFEST which Havering college students helped to put on at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic ParkUrban act Section Boyz performing at UFEST which Havering college students helped to put on at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

During the last week of November, creative students from media, photography and music technology disciplines helped to plan, programme, market and deliver the “UFest” festival.

The festival, culminated in a stellar music concert where the students joined 3000 young people to enjoy a range of artists that included Naughty Boy, who is know for his hits with Sam Smith, Emeli Sande, Tinie Tempah, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and grime artist Fekky.

Munira Mirza, deputy mayor for education and culture said: “This new festival, organised by Londoners as young as 14, is about inspiring more young people to get involved in the arts.

“From dance and music to fashion or comedy, the next generation is vital to London’s artistic heritage and ensuring it remains a world-leading capital of culture.”

Havering students took part at UFEST, a large scale event at the Olympic Park which ended in a huge concert featuring acts such as Naughty BoyHavering students took part at UFEST, a large scale event at the Olympic Park which ended in a huge concert featuring acts such as Naughty Boy

The event included a political discussion, a dance championship, a fashion seminar, floating cinema and a photography competition.

UFest was the capital’s first youth-led festival, organised by 40 young Londoners aged from 14 to 25 who were taking part in a six-moth accredited training programme with youth organisation, Bigga Fish.

Bigga Fish provide experience, education and opportunities for young people aged 14 to 25 across events and marketing.

It partner with Foundation for FutureLondon, a new charity established in 2015 to promote arts, culture, science and education in east London and LLDC, the London Legacy Development Corporation which is responsible for delivering one of the Olympic legacy promises to develop and maintain the Park and its impact on the surrounding area.

For more information on future events and opportunities to get involved, visit biggafish.com

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