2Funky Arts recently completed a two year creative project, funded by Big Lottery’s Young People’s Fund 2.

Their support helped 2Funky Arts create and manage a workshop space for young people – our Base – on Belgrave Gate. We engaged over 500 young people between November 2009 and August 2011, many of whom were NEET, or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Highlights included:

-       Masterclasses with big names such as Ras Kwame, Young Nate and MNT.

-       Beats and Bars music courses

-       DJing with Kid J and Ian ‘Beatmaster’ Wright

-       Singing with artists such as Mellow Baku

-       Photography with Kajal

-       ILUVLYRICS poetry project with artists such as Birmingham Poet Laureate Dreadlockalien

-       Volume volunteering project and the Heal Haiti benefit event.

Benefits of the programme for young people included working towards an Arts Award, CV guidance, boosting confidence, improving creative and technical skills and performing as part of showcases at venues such as Curve and New Walk Museum.

We’d like to thank Lauren Ramskir (Base Manager), Yazmin, Ian ‘Beatmaster’ Wright and Natalie Walter (Base Officers) for all their hard work in making it a success.

We’d also like to thank the following partners for their support:

-       Connexions Leicester Shire

-       Youth Offending Service

-       ESF

-       Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust

-       Leicestershire County Council’s Inclusion support service

-       Everybody’s Reading Festival

-       The Lyric Lounge

-       Leicester City Council

-       Bosworth Community College

-       European Social Fund – supporting our Beats and Bars programme

-       Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Community Fund

-       Comic Relief

-       The Riverside Association

-       The Spark Children’s Arts Festival

-       SDSA

-       Gateway College

-       The Home Office


We’re currently looking at ways to expand our outreach programme and build on all these partnerships. Look out for a 2Funky Arts project coming to a neighbourhood near you soon!!!


Recording sessions at Yard 26.
Photography workshops with Kajal Patel.
Streetrhymers featuring Wariko.
DJ SS (Formation Records)
Bandish Projekt (India)
Dr Small - One of our most talented artists.
Music Production Course.
Singing classes with the legendary Mellow Baku.
Students receiving certificates for all their hard work!
Open mic at Base.
DH G-Child (BBC 1Xtra) - Radio Masterclass.
Students just finished performing for the Lord Mayor after their music course at Base.
Poets, Spoken Word Artists and MCs being taught by Dreadlock Alien.
Ras Kwame advising young people on the music industry.
Grafitti workshops in the Base garden.
Dj Workshops by Leicesters very own DJ Kid-J.
Maxi Priest passing through helping young people with their music.
The Drop
Creative urban music making sessions aimed at 13-18 year olds
Tiny Sparks: Musician CPD Programme
Creating possibilities for early years children and their families
Totally Wicket
Totally Wicket 12 week social action project for young people aged 16-25