Braving the elements for Park Love!

Posted on: 29th September 2017

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Nearly 100 young people braved the elements on this month to show their love for St Columb's Park.
The Playhouse Park Art project aims to encourage 13-18 year olds to use their free time in a creative and constructive way.
Some of the UK's leading artists in graffiti, parkour, DJing and Slacklining visited the park for a free day of workshops on Saturday 16 September.
"After this great day of positive activities in the rain, young people called for a graffiti wall they could use all year round, and asked for even more outdoor activities like parkour" Playhouse project co-ordinator Elaine Forde said.
"It was also very inspiring for us to create a space for young people to explore both the arts and nature."
The free day of workshops was held at St Columb's Park running track, and included artists such as UV Arts, Liverpool graffiti artist Betarok75, Painter/Illustrator and Designer Elph, parkour company JumpNI, and DJing, Music Production company Movin Music Academy, Far and Wild outdoor sport activity organisation.
A group of young people will now work with The Playhouse during the autumn and winter to create and deliver a series of youth led activities in St Columbs Park over Easter.
The project is a result of a park focused steering group led by St Columb's Park House, which includes representatives from PSNI, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Policing Safety and Community Partnership, street wardens, residents, community workers, and The Playhouse.
Park Art is funded by Hope For Youth, Youth Justice Agency, BBC Children in Need and the Department for Justice. For more information contact Elaine on elaine@derryplayhouse.co.uk or (028)71268027.

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