A popular live music event in Plymouth is teaming with a local street dance company to support young dancers and put on a night of entertainment for the wider community.
South West-based social enterprise Real Ideas Organisation is helping a group of young people in Plymouth promote and support a popular music event through a new Creative Approaches learning programme. Through the course, young people will explore career paths in the creative industries, and gain valuable work experience in supporting and managing events.
These young people have been given the chance to promote Devonport Guildhall’s Column Acoustic, a live music night with a popular following, in collaboration with Zebra Collective. The next event is on Saturday 12th April, and this session will be one with a difference. For this special Column Acoustic, all proceeds will be donated to the Street Factory Dance Studio, the Plymouth-based street dance company. The dancers will also perform on the night.
The Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) runs many successful learning programmes across the South West, putting young people at the heart of everything they do. The Creative Approaches learning programme focuses on creative aspects, whilst still giving young people necessary employability skills and giving them an insight into the creative industry. The young people decided with RIO to support a local dance group, thus both helping the community and supporting other creative young people. Through giving them the chance to perform, they are also giving them the chance to express their creativity and show Plymouth the unique talents of young people today.
On Monday 7th April, young people from RIO’s Creative Approaches learning programme met the young dancers at their studio in Plymouth. As part of their learning programme, they will learn event promotion, and this special Column Acoustic gives them the perfect opportunity to do so. The young people will work to promote future Column Acoustic music events, and also gain experience working on the night.
Kate Rowlands is leading the Creative Approaches learning programme. She said, “We’re really proud to be working with such a passionate group of young people, and to be given the chance to support a local dance group is fantastic. This opportunity of working together really proves what young people are capable of, and gives them a chance to shine.”
Tickets for this Column Acoustic can only be purchased on the night, for just £3. April’s Column Acoustic is taking place on Saturday 12th April from 7pm. Doors open from 6:30pm. Acts include Tim Manning and more to be confirmed, as well as the brilliant Street Factory Dance Studio, who will be dancing on the night.
For more information on Column Acoustic, please phone Devonport Guildhall on 01752 395028. For further information on RIO’s Creative Approaches learning programme, please phone Kate Rowlands on 07595 491018.