Shaftesbury Fringe Partners With Young People’s Careers Project

Shaftesbury Fringe organisers have partnered with a project to help Dorset youngsters unlock their creative potential.

Advisors from The Arts Development Company support 15-24 year old locals who are not in employment, education or training as part of the Face Forward project.

Their staff meet with young people on a one-to-one basis to help them develop their skills, boost self-confidence and develop a bespoke plan for personal growth.

So far three Face Forward participants will be working with the annual Fringe event, allowing the youngsters to assess whether they want to pursue a career in the creative arts.

16 year old Tyana and Ben, who is 18 years of age, are set to perform a gig at Angola 76 on Sunday 1st July following their successful performances in Sturminster Newton and Dorchester.

Tyana will sing hits made famous by Amy Winehouse and Ed Sheeran to Ben’s guitar accompaniment. The project will provide a professional musician to mentor the duo.

Shaftesbury Fringe team members will also be offering placements to two young people who want to develop their keen interest in photography. They will be taking pictures during the 3-day event, to assess whether they would like to pursue a career with cameras.

Luciana Vega, Face Forward advisor for North Dorset, says, “The project aims to help young locals who have fallen through the cracks.”

Luciana adds, “We want to help make their dreams reality.”

Sue Allatt, Co-chairman of Shaftesbury Fringe says, “Fringe is a true community event and we’re honoured to be able to help local young people develop their special skills and talents as part of our friendly and inclusive performance arts festival.”

Shaftesbury Fringe 2018 is held at various town venues from Friday 29th June until Sunday 1st July.

The Arts Development Company work with Ansbury Guidance. The European Social Fund and The Big Lottery fund the Face Forward project.