Bridging the gap to creative industries for young people


A conference, film premiere and open mic night will form part of a special event by Sound Connections and Ealing’s Bollo Brook youth centre that aims to bridge the gap between young people and creative industries.

Bollo Brook is collaborating with Sound Connection on Working with Chaos, an event bringing together experts and young people, as well as showcasing creative outputs emerging from Bollo Studios. The event aims to explore the issues facing young people today and enhance support for vulnerable young people through music.

Bollo Brook Youth Centre in Acton serves some of the most vulnerable young people in London and has been credited with saving them from rising knife crime violence. At the heart of Bollo Brook is Bollo Studios, a safe space where young people can work with professional studio engineers and producers, to experiment and express themselves through music.

Sound Connections – a charity working to strengthen the music sector, bridge gaps in provision and deliver landmark music programmes – is working with Bollo Brook to explore how the music education and youth sectors can learn, share and collaborate to effectively support some of the most vulnerable people through music.

The half day session will give space for exploration and discussion, with opportunity to establish a community of practice for those working with young people in challenging circumstances. Speakers include Wizdom Lane, deputy director of Sound Directions, and Colin Brent, a youth worker who has worked with Bollo Brook Youth Centre since 2008.

The session will also include the first ever screening of the short film Lucky, made by women from Bollo Brook alongside industry professionals, exploring issues around sexualisation, judgement and cultural expectations.

The event – which is free for people aged 25 and under – takes place on Thursday 30 May 2024 at Act One Cinema and Café. Tickets are available online.

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