A 'Winter Lights' show will illuminate Hounslow this November, with the help of young people from across the borough.

A panel of 20 youths will work with established artists and other members of the community to create a spectacular fire and light display in Hounslow town centre on November 22.

As well as getting on-the-job experience the young people, aged between 17 and 24, will receive CV and interview training to help boost their employment prospects.

The project is one of 12 across the capital to receive money from the Mayor's Fund for London, as part of its Creativity Works scheme to help young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) find jobs in the arts sector.

The 'Winter Lights' show is being led by Watermans, which has also received funding from the Arts Council and Hounslow Council to stage the performance.

BilboBasso perform Polar at the launch of Hounslow's new open-air stage Bell Square in June 2014 (©Vipul Sangoi, 2014, vipul@raindesign.info)
 

Jan Lennox, director of the arts centre in Brentford, said: "We want the artists and young people to work with lots of different community groups around the borough to develop the concept into something which is particularly relevant to Hounslow.

"The young people will deal with marketing, technical support and everything required to put on a big outdoor event. At the same time, they will get training to help increase their employability."

She added that Watermans expected to begin recruiting its panel of young people in late August or September.

She said the event, which falls between Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, and Christmas, would probably draw on both celebrations as well as those from other cultures within the borough.

Creativity Works was launched last night in Hackney by Munira Mirza, London's deputy mayor for education and culture.

The three-year initiative is supported by the Berkeley Foundation, and staff from developer the Berkeley Group will provide employment advice and training for the young people involved.

Watermans is curating a summer series of shows at Hounslow's new Bell Square open-air stage, which itself opened with the pyrotechnic-infused dance show Polar.