Young Voices: Shine the spotlight on culture

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Young reporter Lauren McGaun shares her thoughts about whether Leeds should put in a bid to be named Capital of Culture in 2023.

Leeds offers a large array of cultural events for young people to enjoy.

As a young person myself I know first- hand what opportunities the city has to offer.

There are many clubs and events weekly and annually to enjoy across Leeds.

Some of my favourite highlights include the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival, Light Night, Global Rock Challenge and many more.

Whether you are into ballet or prefer music, children across the city are sure to find an event that is suited for their interests.

Many people spend a lot of time playing instruments or singing often with not a lot of guidance.

But help is on hand with courses, such as Rock School, which enable you to gain key skills in music and increase your confidence.

I took part in the summer course as a very shy performer but by the end of the course I was able to entertain a large public audience whilst having lots of fun.

Another great event taking place in the city each year is the Young People’s Film Festival.

This gives the chance for children to express their views on films suited to their age and gives more information on the making of films and their classifications.

Throughout the festival you can take a key role in judging or sit back and enjoy films.

There are also plenty of exhibitions in all of the art galleries and museums.

Leeds Museum often runs art workshops with different themes aimed at the younger generation.

In terms of the bid for Europe’s Cultural Capital I believe that children can get involved in many ways, whether that is attending an art workshop or showcasing something spectacular at a public event. I support this bid as overall this would make Leeds a more cultural city and leave a lasting legacy for me and many others.

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