Parliament opens its doors to young performers

Live graffiti artists, hip-hop dancers and free-runners were just some of the young people to perform for audiences at Arts in Parliament performances on 7 August.

Brought together by somewhereto_ ( a nationwide project that helps 16-25 year olds to find the spaces they need to do the activities that they love, the young artists were welcomed into Westminster Hall to show their talents to the audiences gathered.

Artists included acoustic duo Twelve Strings; live artists Graffiti Life; soul singer Dionne Reid; spoken word artists Nichol Keene and Toby de Angeli; street dancers the Aim High Dance Academy; and Apeuro Parkour & Freerunning.

Nichol Keene and Toby de Angeli said of the opportunity that “this is a chance to be heard, but more specifically speaking in Westminster Hall is a chance to air our work in a place which is fundamentally connected to the development of our democracy and politics. It’s a place where what is said resonates, the stories of many imprinted in its walls.”

For images of the performances visit Parliament’s Flickr channel.

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