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Monday 22 July 2002

The BBC is launching a new multi-media initiative which will help teenagers tap into their creativity, develop their talents in dance, music, art or film making.

Ultimately, they’ll be encouraged to stage their own performance or event locally.

Blast runs throughout summer 2002 and is being developed in partnership with youth and arts organisations around the country including the Regional Arts Councils, UK Youth and The British Film Institute.

The BBC, through its national media network, gets teenagers started. Simply log on to the info-packed web site (link below), call the free helpline on 0800 011011, or visit one of the roadshows taking place across the UK. Expert advice, support and practical information about making the most of your passion for music, art, dance and film-making will all be available. Participants are put in touch with local organisations and advisers relevant to their area of interest. Then, by showing them how to get their ideas off the ground, the Blast network will help them put together their own event. Their work may even be showcased in a series of programmes on the BBC this autumn.

Compiled by specialists in the business with hints and tips from celebrities who’ve made a success out of their creative talents, the web site at
is divided into the four key areas of art, music, dancing and film-making, each providing inspiration, advice and details about training. Plus, by clicking on an interactive map of Britain, users can find information about local facilities available to them according to their particular area of interest. They can also take part in live chats, email in questions to a panel of experts, and bounce ideas around with others who are putting together their own event. Log on here too for more information about the roadshows.

Ruth Jones, Director of Arts Work says: “We often only hear about young people when it’s bad news. One thing all young people have in common is their innate creativity and imagination. Sometimes all they lack is a way to express themselves, or a platform for their work. This is a unique opportunity to participate in a nationwide celebration of youth arts wherever it is taking place, and for young people to access advice and support in order to further develop their skills and talents.”

Blast could be just the opportunity young people have been looking for – a chance to gain new skills and pursue a passion. Who knows where it could lead…..

*John Pandit of Asian Dub Foundation and ADFED*says, “Blast is a great initiative which I fully support – its really important to provide opportunities, encourage creativity and further the development of young people in the creative arts.”

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