Arts workshop for youngsters

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A TEENAGER from Bury St Edmunds is organising a special showcase of local talent at The Apex as part of an awards scheme.

Tom Innis, 17, is organising a day of entertainment and art workshops as part of his Gold Arts Award.

The event, called Mix ’n’ Blend, is being staged on February 17.

A full afternoon programme, starting at 2.30pm, will include free portrait headshots provided by Eve Smith photography, free dance and drama workshops by the Arts Award centre’s SinCru and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, and live accoustic music from BurySound unplugged.

The evening’s events, beginning at 6.30pm, will feature performances by comedian Chris Norton-Walker, BurySound 2011 winner Lewis Mokler and members of local youth organisations.

The Arts Awards support children and young people aged between seven and 25 to develop as artists and art leaders. They can gain recognition through five levels of the award, four of which are accredited on the Qualifications and Credit framework and can be achieved in any art form.

Emrys Green, who has gained bronze, silver and gold Arts Awards, said: “I know from personal experience the huge impact that doing Arts Award can have on a young person’s development and I want this project to reach out to more young people.

“If you’re interested in the arts, get in touch.”

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