Last night I was honoured to be invited to watch young people who live in and around the Rochdale borough.
These young people had some incredible stories to share. They were children seeking asylum, foster children, and young people who may struggle with mental health distress. They told their tales through music, song, comic strip, Powerpoint slides, animation, poetry and rap. Sometimes harrowing, sometimes inspiring, some sad, some hopeful – all expressed through different art forms. Using art as a powerful medium, art to raise awareness, art for social justice and art for positive change. A wonderful, thought-provoking, emotional event.
This event was organised by Steve Cooke from All Across the Arts, and facilitated by artist John Cooke, poet Seamus Kelly (who has blogged about his experience here), singer-songwriter Rebecca Whitehead, and storyteller Ray Stearn.