Words without Weapons!
Words Without Weapons is a 2Funky Arts project that uses lyricism and music as a vehicle for exploring issues surrounding violent and knife crime. The project has provided local young people aged 12-19, who are at risk of offending or re offending, with a range of creative opportunities to explore such issues, between September 2011 & April 2012.
Two rounds took place at Highfields Centre and Quad Studios, culminating in showcases at The Music Cafe and Thread Nightclub. 2FA employed one lead artist for each round – Wavey and Bizzi. The project has been very popular and including distribution of CD's, has reached over 1000 people!
2FA have found that lyric-writing and Mcing activities are highly effective in addressing sensitive issues. Both rounds allowed young people to:
-Acquire skills in Mcing performance and lyric writing.
-Examine and challenge popular lyrics that promote violence.
-Explore victim perspectives and consequences of knife and violent crime.
-Put together their own tracks for performance and distribution in a CD.
-Perform in a community showcase.
-Additionally, role model artists who have relevant experience (either as previous offenders or as members of affected communities) perform at showcases and promote anti-crime messages. Such artists have included the likes of Shystie and English Frank.
Words Without Weapons is supported by The Home Office Communities Against Gangs, Guns and Knives Fund.
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