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  • Taking Young UK Talent From London to Rio With somewhereto_

    I can safely say my first year with somewhereto_ has been a hectic one. I joined the team just over a year ago under the presumption that the nationwide Cultural Olympiad legacy project that ‘unlocks spaces for young people to do the things they love’ merely involved getting future Justin Biebers into studios, future Wayne Rooneys onto football pitches, future Fearne Cottons on the air waves and future Damien Hirsts into exhibition halls (you get the point!). How very wrong I was.

    somewhereto_ is all about that - and much more. Thousands have practiced and showcased their skills and passions through the thousands of spaces somewhereto_ has provided (and all for free no less), but highlights from my year have seen ‘thinking way outside the box’ occasions, each one illustrating what creative talent we can develop with young people if we open our minds with them just that bit further. Getting spoken word poets, free runners and boxers showcased in 10 Downing Street, animators with their work screened on the BT Tower’s giant LED screens, and a dance crew performing at the Eden Project are pure somewhereto_ examples of how ‘unconventional’ can equal innovation.

    This brings me to the latest instalment of somewhereto_ magic moments, as in October I flew to Rio de Janeiro with young dance crew TriN3rgy, who through a somewhereto_ nationwide talent competition won a trip of a lifetime and chance to star in a short film directed by Anuvahood’s BAFTA Rising Star winner Adam Deacon. The film called ‘tRio’, which features Francis Ngahu, Troy Cameron-Eastman and Krrishna Sivakumaran (all aged 17) showing off their moves on Copacabana Beach and a local Copacabana market, through the Rocinha favela, sliding down the Selaron Staircase, and opposite the iconic Christ the Redeemer, can now be watched below!

    "The whole experience has changed our lives. A year ago we were just three friends dancing in school shows. We’ve now been to Rio and starred in this film which we’ll be proud of forever," said Krrishna. Francis added, "Every location was unbelievable, I’m still dreaming of Rio" whilst Troy stated, "It was special from the moment we flew over the city and saw all the lights. I’ll never forget it."

    Adam Deacon, who may be more used to working with professional actors than three boys with no acting experience, was full of praise: “TriN3rgy were amazing, always full of energy despite the 30 degree heat every day, and even brought their own ideas to the table. They were great to work with, the tRio looks sick, and I just hope everyone enjoys it.”

    Another chapter from the world of somewhereto_ comes to a close, but expect much more success stories_, especially as the project has recently been given £7million by Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to support the expansion of somewhereto_ over the next four years.

    Dwain Lucktung is a content and community manager for somewhereto_ and Livity. He is also an editor, journalist and mentor. This blog was written by Dwain for The Huffington blog here

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    If you haven’t seen the amazing TriN3rgy film tRio directed by the BAFTA award winning Adam Deacon then what are you waiting for…?

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    Edinburgh’s Farmers Market - a space in front of hundreds in Scotland’s capital!

    Bustling city centre location - the farmers market is an outdoor event situated in the heart of Edinburgh. The market hosts a range of stalls all promoting local produce. They are looking for different events/entertainment that will compliment the market and give it a little atmosphere. Young people interested in this space will also need to complete a short proposal. Young Scot will support this process.

    If you’d like to use this space for your creative needs or showcase, click here for more info.

    CALL TO ACTION in Edinburgh!

    The somewhereto_ show off stage is coming to Edinburgh’s Mound Precinct on Thursday June 21st - offering young talent the chance to show up and show off your skills and WIN the chance to perform at a very famous, secret location, this summer. One winning act will also be flown to Brazil, to appear in a short film, directed by BAFTA winner Adam Deacon. Come down from midday to perform on the stage and enter the competition (whether your talent is in dancing, football, BMX riding, magic, singing or something completely different). If you can’t make it down, don’t worry, your can enter a 60 second clip of you performing your talent online here:

    somewhereto_ show off competition with BAFTA winner Adam Deacon

    It’s live, it’s happening, it’s here. somewhereto_ show off has launched, giving you an incredible chance to perform in a sensational (secret!) location in front of thousands, and win the trip of a lifetime to go to Rio de Janeiro with BAFTA winner Adam Deacon.

    What are you waiting for!? Enter at