Village Green: Next Generation is Metal’s festival of arts for and by young people in Southend.
The day-long event takes place the day before the main Village Green festival and utilises the large-scale festival infrastructure that Metal put in place for headline acts the next day.
It provides the opportunity for Southend school pupils to perform music, theatre and spoken word on a number of different platforms – and attend workshops on a wide range of arts activities, including: film making, radio sound effects, drawing, digital arts, comedy, singing, journalism, back stage technical and a wide range of creative and cultural career paths.
Everything on the stages is performed by young people with the occasional help from a few very special guests! For example in 2015 the internationally acclaimed, award-winning, Philadelphia Boys Choir from the US, were among these guests.
The audience is exclusively made up of young people too – from Southend schools – infant, junior and secondary. Around 30 schools from across the Borough take part, bringing over approximately 4000 young people together to showcase their talent and learn new skills.
SINCE THE FIRST NEXT GENERATION IN 2013 ALMOST 20 THOUSAND YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN PART. WOW!
The event is FREE to all that attend and all schools taking part as a result of Metal’s fundraising and partners Southend Borough Council, Southend Music Hub, South Essex College and Arts Council England. The event is only open to young people through schools and FE colleges. If you are a school worker, teacher or parent who would like more information about how the school that you are involved with can take part, we’d love to hear from you – firstname.lastname@example.org
Metal are constantly looking for exciting opportunities for young people to be inspired by the arts – as audience members or as artists themselves. Village Green: Next Generation is a great addition to our portfolio of work with young people.