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YOUNIQUE FESTIVAL 2023
9 Mar - 11 Mar
YOUnique is an exciting festival organised by and for young people. A weekend of creative workshops, exhibitions, live performances, sport and much more.
ALL WELCOME | FREE
THURSDAY 9 MARCH
Panel discussion: Starting Your Own Business | Learning Room | 1pm -2pm
Panel discussion Lead by YOUlead Winner Vimbai. An opportunity to ask questions about starting your own business and the YOUlead Programme Experience.
YOUnique Pay What You Can | CafeBar | 2-4pm
Enjoy a plant-based curry in the NAE CafeBar and pay only what you can afford.
Song and Words: Curated by YOUnique Producers | CafeBar | 3-6pm
An afternoon of acoustic music and poetry curated by NAE’s YOUnique Festival Producers.
Verbal Self Defence Workshop | Learning Room | 2.30-3.30pm
A creative spoken word workshop introducing ‘Verbal Self defence and the Art of Language’.
Woven | Learning Room | 4-6pm
A creative workshop led by Hana Fredricks. Join her in making colourful yard and weave together to create a woven installation This woven installation focuses on working people in our community by making the yarn with fabric from local independent shops in Hyson Green.
FRIDAY 10 MARCH
Chinese Storytelling and Music | Learning Room | 12pm-3pm
Join Ling Peng in this story telling workshop and explore Chinese instruments and music to accompany a folk story from China.
Please bring along any instruments you can play, or bring yourself to have fun with us
SIMRAN by Journey of the Mind | Mezzanine | 3pm–4pm
Visit the exhibition with the opportunity to ask questions about SIMRAN.
Customise Your Sneakers Workshop | Learning Room/Performance Space | 5.30pm-7pm
A creative artist-lead workshop where you learn how to customise your Sneakers. Please bring clean and dry white sneakers for best customisation.
Under the Spotlight | CaféBar | 6-9pm
Join us for an evening of live performances from young black musicians and poets. Curated by Tatenda Chitsamba, Tracy Luv and Lauren Nicole Whitter.
SATURDAY 11 MARCH
Family Craft Workshop | Learning Room | 10-12pm
Fun filled family creative Art Session. Lead by Artist Holly
The Golden Rule: YARD Performance (Younger Group) | Performance Space | 12.30-1pm
Special Performance by Young Yard performers
#ItStartedBy: YARD Performance (Older Group) | Performance Space | 3-3.45pm
Juliet meets her Romeo, but not all ‘on screen’ are the same as ‘behind the scenes’. #ItStartedBy is a relevant and timely short play devised by the ‘Yard Youth Theatre’ older group.
Social media is a must-have for teens. But navigating the delights and dangers can be costly, as Juliet finds out. This play gives a real insight into the lives of three friends and explores the pressures of friendships, trust, and betrayals.
The performance will start with a physical theatre piece in the café bar area. Then the audience will be prompted by the cast to ‘#FollowUs’ upstairs to the performance space for the continuation of the play.
#ItStartedBy will be followed by a post-show discussion facilitated
by the young people featuring their YOUnique voices.
Ori Ja Exhibition and Workshop | Learning Room | 4-5pm
Ori Ja workshop and exhibition led by Brazilian Cultural Centre.
Ori-Ja! will tell the story of 8 major orixas and will bring 8 original costumes to life, made and designed by Tatiana Wooley and her colleagues at the Brazilian Cultural Centre.
Project supported by YOUnite artist funding by New Art Exchange
YOUnique Live Performances | CaféBar | 5-7pm
Live line-up of performances showcasing incredible local talent. Hosted by Melonyx
SATURDAY 11 MARCH | OUTDOOR ACTVITIES
Multisports with the Pythian Club | Forest Recreation Ground | 10-11.30 AM | Ages 9-18 | FREE
To find out more or book a place contact Ben on 07718 649771
Mantis Boxing Family | Vine Community Centre | 5.30–7.30pm
- 5.30-5:45pm Mantis Yoga: Stretching techniques devised and demonstrated by coach Omari Grant
- 5.4-6.15pm Three intense warm ups: Designed for fighting fitness
- 6.15- 6.30pm Mantis Technique: Learn how to punch properly and develop Boxing footwork
- 6.30– 7.00pm 2 minute drilled exercises: To help condition for sparring
- 7:00-7:30pm Final Exercise: Class split in to two groups 3 minute sparring and 3 minute pad work, ending with Mantis Yoga
For further info contact [email protected] or call 07432528989
Celebrating Hyson Green Parade | By Brazilian Cultural Centre and Zodiac All Stars | Starting from New Art Exchange 2pm
A parade to celebrate the diversity of the Hyson Green community and to highlight buildings of community importance. The parade will start at NAE and travel past Take 1 Studios, down to Shariffs food store, then to the Hyson Green Market place , where there will be a performance from the Zodiac All Stars. After which the parade will pass Hyson Green Youth Club, then to Hyson Green Community Centre, on the corner of Noel Street and Gregory Boulevard, ending back outside NAE.
Skating Performance | Vine Community Centre 10am–1pm and Hyson Green Youth Centre 3–6pm
Family Roller skating classes for beginners, intermediate and experts. Age 8-80.
For more information please email [email protected]