Creative Cafés set up by arts industry

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A NEW programme has been set up to inspire and inform young people about roles and jobs in the arts industries.

The Creative Café, developed by Culture Shift, takes the form of a lively networking event, set up café style and structured around a menu of activities.

Ian Noble, from Business in the Community, said the cafe accommodates up to 100 young people, with a ratio of one professional to every eight to 10 young people.

He added: “The café creates an atmosphere where they feel confident to ask questions and enjoy the mix of talk and practical activities. Cafés are designed in consultation with young people who identify the kinds of people they would like to meet.

“Culture Shift goes out to find those people, each of whom gives up a half day of their time to join the café.”

To date Creative Cafés have run at The St Leonards Academy and the De La Warr Pavilion.

In Bexhill young people met with professionals working in film, web design, theatre directing, script writing, exhibition curating, music recording and production, festival organising and community arts.

In St Leonards the event supported an enterprise project and young people met with those working in graphic design, fine art, furniture making, cake making, jewellery, felt making, and printmaking.

This year promises more events in Bexhill, Hastings and Rye and a focus on creative roles within bigger businesses.

The Creative Café is supported by Arts Council England, East Sussex County Council and Surrey Arts.

Culture Shift is a social enterprise working across Sussex and Surrey. It was formerly Creative Partnerships.

For more information www.creative-cafe.co.uk.