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Seen and Heard Day

Published: 8 Apr 2015


On Thursday 2nd April, Toynbee Hall hosted the Seen and Heard Day, a day of art, music, theatre and exhibitions from young people in Tower Hamlets to celebrate their work and achievements.

The day was full of performances, workshops and information stalls to bring young people together to try different activities and learn about new opportunities. It featured arts classes, an exhibition from the In Focus photography project and a presentation from the social research group, Rebel Researchers, about youth participation in democracy.

The Shine project, in partnership with Spitalfields Music and Drake Music, performed creative musical pieces that they composed themselves with a mix of traditional instruments and everyday objects to a packed lecture Hall. Shine is part of Make Sense! and encourages cohesion between communities with and without Special Educational Needs in Tower Hamlets.

The theatre group from Only Connect performed their latest production, Backstory, a true story of three young Londoners on the journey into adulthood. Only Connect works with young people to deliver projects that build relationships and cut crime. Their latest social enterprise, the Beef Wagon was also there on the day. The Beef Wagon is a high quality street food venture that gives ex-offenders an opportunity to gain business skills and produce high quality food.

It was great to see local service providers and young people come together and get acquainted. We hope that after today the young people involved will be more aware of the options available to them in Tower Hamlets and at Toynbee Hall”

Evelyn Stanley, Youth Project Worker at Toynbee Hall