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  • As part of somewhereto_ re:store (the high street heist) comes the somewhereto_ start Festival in mac birmingham’s Outdoor Arena on Saturday 17 August. With music, dance, workshops, spoken word and a silent disco after party, you don’t want to miss out! Check the flyer above for more details.

    somewhereto_ re:store (the high street heist) is a high impact campaign which will see young people take over a series of shops across the UK for a six- week period, kicking off on 18 July. We’re putting disused shops into the capable hands of local young people to deliver events and activities that will benefit their future ambitions as well as revamp the high street and engage local communities.

    Want to know more and get involved? Visit somewhereto.com/restore

    somewhereto_ and young talent takeover the Olympic Park on August 6th

    Nothing is impossible with somewhereto_, as illustrated by the photos above. Here are the first group of young talented people we have got to perform in the Olympic Park in London on August 6th - coming down from all across the UK!

    Thousands upon thousands of lucky park goers were treated to Olympic glory, British gold, and a buffet of talent keeping them entertained throughout the day - acts including the Mouthy Poets, delivering spoken word brilliance. Lucia Reyes Woodward, band Melonstomp, Anna Leigh and the Kings, Stacey Arthur, Nick Celino and Elli Ingram brought kept the grand park rumbling with back to back musical treats. Hayley Rea and the Aim High Dance Academy crew wowed the crowds coming to and from the Olympic Stadium. And there was even our national yo-yo champion star Krisztian Kalusza throwing up some crowd stopping moves with his tricks; always followed by a few young fans/future yo-yo champions asking ‘How do you that!?’.

    Look out for the somewhereto_ young performers, coming to the park on August 11th, September 6th and 9th.

    In between that, the 10 somewhereto_ show off competition winners will be rumbling the park on August 31st.

    So guys, as you know we have launched the somewhereto_showoff competition *woops* *cheers* *mass applause*

    This is your chance to perform at a top secret location during the Games aaand  fly to Rio de Janeiro with BAFTA winning actor Adam Deacon where he will film you doing your thing. So whether thats belly dancing, BMXing, basketball freestyling- WHATEVER, you can get involved by clicking here

    You can either come to one of our tour shows or upload a 60 sec vid yourself. This week we are going to be at: Great Yarmouth College on 28th June; at the National Space Center in Leicester on 29th June; The London Youth Games 30th June; PING Leicester 30th June; The Literary and Open Mic Fest in Hull 30th June-1st July aaand T4 On The Beach on the 1st July. Come to one of  our events with your friends and show us how you showoff! 

    Alphabet fundraising night in Shadwell with somewhereto_ - on June 21

    A few months back Nichol Keene and Toby de Angeli got in touch with somewhere_to hoping we could help them find a space to run a wicked fundraising night. Here it is! 

    Get your mind thinking about spoken word poetry, saying stuff out loud and it making a bit of sense. Then bring yourself and your mates down to Alphabet on June 21st at The George Tavern in Shadwell. Expect a laid back night offering up some pretty wicked spoken word, music and storytelling from some of the best artists in London, all for only £3. 

    Location: The George Tavern, 373 Commercial Road, E1 0LA, London

    For more info click here.

    All proceeds are going to help get Carousel, their full length spoken word show to the Edinburgh Fringe in August! 

    And if you can’t wait until then, both Nichol and Toby will be performing at Elephant: in the Studio as part of Roundhouse Poetry Takeover Weekend on June 15th. 

    Need a space to host your own event? Get in touch with somewhereto_ now!

    Leicester re-make of somewhereto_ at 10 Downing Street with teen talent

    Back in October 2011, free runners, boxers and spoken word artists unlocked Britain’s most famous front door thanks to somewhereto_. The group of talented young people were given free rein to use Number 10 Downing Street as a space to showcase their passions. Watch the video above to relive the amazing occasion.

    On the back of that, set to be premiered on May 5th, we will be treated to a Leicester re-make of the 10 Downing Street film. Click here for a sneak preview with behind the scenes footage of the young talented people being filmed showcasing their skills at Leicester Market in East Midlands. The final cut will show the young people performing free running, BMX free styling and more for the short film. Watch this space for more on that!

    Get in touch now to find the space you need for free!

    somewhereto_ is a fantastic initiative to help young people find the space they need to develop their passions… If Downing Street can open its doors to something as adventurous as free running I hope it will inspire other people to see what their building could be used for.

    —    

    David Cameron PMafter somewhereto_ unlocked Britain’s most famous front door for a group of talented young free runners, spoken word artists and boxers. 

    To watch their showcase at Number 10 Downing Street, click here.

    "How do you describe this feeling, where you’re just standing where the Prime Minister lives and works and operates in? It’s epic man, completely epic!" - Deanna Rogers, Rubix Collective and somewhereto_ young person.

    In October 2011 Britain’s most famous front door was unlocked for 10 young people as part of somewhereto_.

    The group of talented young people included spoken word poets (from Rubix Collective), Bridget Minamore, Deanna Rodger, Sean Mahoney and Ayesha Badat; who were all looking for somewhereto_ practice spoken word, and were given free rein to use Number 10 Downing Street as a space to showcase their skills.

    somewhereto_ is a nationwide project to help 16-25 year olds find the space they need to do the things they love. The project is delivered by youth engagement agency Livity in media partnership with Channel 4, and funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.

    Tell us what you’d love to do now at www.somewhereto.com/number10 and find an amazing space to use near you!

    Photos from the somewhereto_ take over of Number 10 Downing Street.

    See freerunners leaping banisters, boxers training, and spoken word poets standing at podiums ready to be heard.

    Watch the full video from the day here, it’s seriously amazing:

    somewhereto_ Number 10 Downing Street takeover video featured at the Conservative Party Conference

    The video from yesterday’s Conservative Party Conference (UK only), watch from 0:39 - 0:42 to see Rubix Collective spoken word poets Deanna Roger and Sean Mahoney introduce our amazing video.

    There are some great reaction shots while the video plays too. It’s so good to see people with the power and resources to help us open even more spaces reacting so positively to our young people pursuing what they love and making incredible use of the space.

    weaimtofly:

    Ok so now we need a video in the white house so we can compete with those damn Brits. 

    somewheretoblog:

    Number 10 Downing Street taken over by young people to train freerunning, practice boxing and perform spoken word in this AMAZING video from somewhereto_.

    “We have a duty; A duty of care to share our spare space that we live in, and don’t always use - and I have a dream that at some point soon, this duty we have becomes realised.

    We’re in a crisis that’s crippled our creatives and our pens, mics, paintbrushes. The crisis is this – we have nowhere to go. Nowhere for our creative seeds to be sown.

    You’ve built buildings to become derelict and let usable space go to waste, so we say, put innovative energy into creating what we already have.

    Think it through – ask not what space can do for you, but what you can do for our space. Because we need, space.

    But we also need to leave our sofas. Need to rise above the games consoles and abandon our telephones

    It’s said that we’re lazy so prove them wrong. Show that we are not a nation of couch potatoes, but instead, use passion and ability to set space free from the constraints of emptiness.

    And when we’ve put down our mobiles and switched off TVs, we’ll remind you that we need our own spaces, so we can explore.

    So, tell us,

    Will you open your door?”

    - Rubix Collective

    Do you want free space to do the things you love? Sign up now at www.somewhereto.com/number10.

    That would be amazing. Next stop somewhereto_ America?

    intensityofliving:

    Hella cool, but the writeup made me think that we where talking proper occupation style takeover, not an advert.

    somewheretoblog:

    Number 10 Downing Street taken over by young people to train freerunning, practice boxing and perform spoken word in this AMAZING video from somewhereto_.

    “We have a duty; A duty of care to share our spare space that we live in, and don’t always use - and I have a dream that at some point soon, this duty we have becomes realised.

    We’re in a crisis that’s crippled our creatives and our pens, mics, paintbrushes. The crisis is this – we have nowhere to go. Nowhere for our creative seeds to be sown.

    You’ve built buildings to become derelict and let usable space go to waste, so we say, put innovative energy into creating what we already have.

    Think it through – ask not what space can do for you, but what you can do for our space. Because we need, space.

    But we also need to leave our sofas. Need to rise above the games consoles and abandon our telephones

    It’s said that we’re lazy so prove them wrong. Show that we are not a nation of couch potatoes, but instead, use passion and ability to set space free from the constraints of emptiness.

    And when we’ve put down our mobiles and switched off TVs, we’ll remind you that we need our own spaces, so we can explore.

    So, tell us,

    Will you open your door?”

    - Rubix Collective

    Do you want free space to do the things you love? Sign up now at www.somewhereto.com/number10.

    Thanks, glad you like the vid. Sorry for the write up confusion though, definitely not an occupation style take over. We just talked Downing Street into opening their doors to our young people because that’s what we do!

    Number 10 Downing Street taken over by young people to train freerunning, practice boxing and perform spoken word in this AMAZING video from somewhereto_.

    "We have a duty; A duty of care to share our spare space that we live in, and don’t always use - and I have a dream that at some point soon, this duty we have becomes realised.

    We’re in a crisis that’s crippled our creatives and our pens, mics, paintbrushes. The crisis is this – we have nowhere to go. Nowhere for our creative seeds to be sown.

    You’ve built buildings to become derelict and let usable space go to waste, so we say, put innovative energy into creating what we already have.

    Think it through – ask not what space can do for you, but what you can do for our space. Because we need, space.

    But we also need to leave our sofas. Need to rise above the games consoles and abandon our telephones

    It’s said that we’re lazy so prove them wrong. Show that we are not a nation of couch potatoes, but instead, use passion and ability to set space free from the constraints of emptiness.

    And when we’ve put down our mobiles and switched off TVs, we’ll remind you that we need our own spaces, so we can explore.

    So, tell us,

    Will you open your door?”

    - Rubix Collective

    Do you want free space to do the things you love? Sign up now at www.somewhereto.com/number10.