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Platinum’s – ‘Power to Make a Change’ Project

Edmonton-based performing arts school Platinum Performing Arts (PPA) is launching a project to help prevent violent youth crime, funded by the National Lottery, Community Funding Project.

Power to Make a Change is a five-year project which aims to work with Enfield schools to engage with young people at risk of entering gangs by presenting positive alternatives. Young people’s thoughts, feelings and life experiences will be given a voice through a dance and theatre production.

Using the award of £300,978 spread across 5 years, young people will work alongside a variety of professionals to write a script, produce music, and direct and star in the production. They will gain experience in a variety of fields – from performing, to videography, make-up and costume design, among other fields.

In addition, PPA will be making a film, documenting their five-year journey. The arts school is currently working with a number of organisations including schools, the voluntary sector, Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Cohesion, said:

“We have had a fantastic relationship with PPA and it’s work within the community and would like to congratulate them on securing this funding. We all look forward to working with the school’s young performers on this ambitious project. London has suffered terribly from an increase in violent crime in recent years and ultimately, it’s young people who pay the ultimate price. Enfield Council is determined to use whatever means necessary within its limited resources to show young people that there are positive and meaningful alternatives to crime. The Power to Make a Change is a welcome addition to the many projects on-going in the borough.”

Nina at PPA, said:

“Our students feel very strongly about current social issues, particularly youth violence in London. We are passionate about spreading the anti-knife crime message and feel we can offer young people an accessible platform to tell their stories through the expressive arts and ultimately, we can help to make a change in our community.”

Platinum Performing Arts are excited to announce that they will be opening a full-time Performing & Creative Arts College in September 2020, based at Millfield House.

Keep an eye out for audition dates!!

PPA has worked with local councillors on the proposal to open the College in order to create a better future for local young talent to acquire the skills and qualifications for a successful creative career.

Writers Details

Nina Lewis-Hart

Platinum Performing Arts

www.platinumperformingarts.co.uk

@platinumperformingarts

@PPArts

PPA are currently in talks with Enfield schools and have arranged to go into the schools and start the project / programme from September 2019. If you would like to get involved, please contact the school’s principal on:

[email protected]

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