City centre celebration for young people

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A new festival for young people, by young people is set to take over Peterborough city centre.

Celebration of Youth Day has been organised by YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough to take place on Saturday, August 20, from 10:30am to 7:30pm.

Skilly Skillz

Skilly Skillz

Its aim is to inspire, entertain and provide a platform for the region’s up and coming generation to share a piece of themselves with the city.

Spreading across three stages and six zones, CYD will provide the ultimate chance for young people to showcase their talents, skills, and achievements across the arts, sports, academia and enterprise.

There will be an array of activities and entertainment for young people to have fun with their friends and family; from live music and art to sports activities to shopping and food stalls to employment opportunities, and more.

Jonathan Martin, CEO of YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, said: “It will be such a great opportunity for young people in and around Peterborough to show how amazing they really are.

Charley Genever

Charley Genever

“At the YMCA we work with young people to help them develop their skills and talents to reach their full potential and make a lasting, positive impact on our community.

“I would encourage everyone to come along and have fun, it’s going to be such a great day.”

Rebecca Jackson, CYD Festival Project Manager, said: “I am so excited that we are able to give young people an opportunity and platform of this scale.

“The most unique part of this festival is that it is truly for young people, by young people. This is a great way to celebrate the young people of this region and create a positive reflection as we have one of the highest numbers of young people living here in the UK.”

Councillor John Holdich, leader of the city council and cabinet member for education, skills and university, said: “There is an enormous amount of talent amongst our young people. This event 
being hosted by young people and YMCA Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is a fantastic idea and a great opportunity to celebrate and share 
the talent on show in the city and inspire others to develop their skills to achieve great things.”

In the run up to the festival, the YMCA invited local musicians, artists, performers, businesses, activity groups and clubs to apply to take to the stage or run an activity as part of the day.

Highlights of the programme include pop-punk superstars The Endeavour; eleven year old singer-songwriter Thomas Dunleavy; UK Beatbox champion Skilly Skillz; and Peterborough Poet Laureate Charley Genever.

As well as this, the highly anticipated finals of CYD’s Food Apprentice Competition will be taking place in the food court throughout the day.

If that wasn’t enough, the festival will be live-screened on a giant LED screen situated in Cathedral Square, which will also be linked up to Facebook and Twitter for people to share their experiences of the day. CYD’s hosts, Charley Genever and Skilly Skillz will be working with PCR FM’s youth radio show to interview acts, organisations, and festival goers throughout the day.

Rebecca said: “The YMCA feel that it’s really important to continue nurturing young people and offering opportunities like this to inspire and drive aspiration.

“This is the first festival of its kind, and we are working towards making it an annual event in the city, so we’d love as much support in making this first Celebration of Youth Day go off with a bang!”

Entry is free.

For more information on the line-up, activities, or how to get involved, visit the YMCA’s website or social media pages.