New fashion project for youngsters

YOUNG people in Felixstowe are being encouraged to take part in an ambitious project to put on a fashion show from scratch - using second-hand, recycled and charity shop materials.

YOUNG people in Felixstowe are being encouraged to take part in an ambitious project to put on a fashion show from scratch - using second-hand, recycled and charity shop materials.

The scheme, called Re-generate, is also about building better understanding in relationships between different generations and youngsters will team up with older people for the event.

Project organiser at the town's Level Two youth centre, Ant Cartwright said the venture would suit young people of high school age interested in fashion, style, culture, identity and creativity - and is a chance to work with designers and artists.

Those taking part could get involved in a range of activities and fashion and set designers, models, backstage crew, sound and lighting technicians, stylists, dressers, artists, event organisers, film makers, dancers, and choreographers were among those needed.


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Young people will have the chance to join workshops on textile design, set design, styling, window dressing and photography led by professional artists with support from youth workers.

“It's going to be a great experience with lots of elements - the chance to be creative, work as a team with each other and outside organisations and artists, to work with older people, and to build self-esteem and learn new skills,” he said.

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The aim is to put on a fashion show on November 30, and youngsters have the chance to sign up this Saturday from 1.30pm to 4pm at Level Two, above Tesco, entrance off Cobbold Road.

Suffolk Coastal council is part of the project partnership and cabinet member Doreen Savage urged youngsters to get involved.

“Felixstowe has the largest population of young people in the district, some of whom have already been involved in a project looking at the perceived differences between the generations but because of the behaviour of a small number of young people, there seems to be a negative perception of young people as a whole,” she said.

“This excellent project will bring together young people, including some who are experiencing difficulties in education or home life, and older people working in the charity shop sector.

“It is an artistically stimulating project that, through its programme of work, will begin to break down barriers between the generations in Felixstowe and for the young people involved it will offer new experiences, draw out their creativity and help present a positive image of both young and old.”

Further information is available on 01394 272521.

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