YOUTH workers from across the borough have organised a one-day festival to celebrate the good young people do and give them something fun and free to take part in.
It is the second time the One Ealing Youth Festival has been held in the grounds of Christ the Saviour Church in Ealing Broadway.
The first was a response to the 2011 riots in a bid to show young people do not deserve the bad press they often get.
Last year's event saw 300 11 to 18-year-olds take part and organisers this year are hoping for 1,000.
Prince Laryea, CEO of the youth charity Acts 29, helping organise the event, said: “There was a real sense after the riots that there was a disconnect between young people and the wider community. We wanted to do something positive to celebrate the hundreds of thousands who are great. To give out the message that young people in the borough are valued.
“Last year went really, really well. We had some really positive feedback. But we want to do something even better this time.”
Highlights of this year’s festival next Saturday (13) include a battle of the bands from six schools in the area; performances from MOBO award winner Victizzle and star of BBC’s Waterloo Road Paigey Cakey; an inflatable bungee run; a human gyroscope; cage football and a free barbecue with food provided by Richardson’s butchers.
Mr Laryea, said: “We want to get the message out there that there’s something really great going on for young people. It’s free and if they come they will have a fantastic time.”
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