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Posted On: 26th Jul 2013

Sandwell Talent Showcase

Fixer Belise (centre) with dancers
Belise in dance training

A dancer from the Midlands, who feels they aren't enough places for young people to excel artistically around Sandwell, has helped organise a talent show this weekend to kick-start creativity.


Belise Nurungiyimana (20) and her group of Fixers hope Saturday’s ‘Young Talented Sandwell’ event creates a platform for young people to shine but also unites the community’s diverse cultures.


The event will take place on Saturday 27th July, from 3:00 – 6:30 pm at The Public in West Bromwich.(See event flyer at the bottom of the story)


Open to anyone, the day will include workshops in dance, music, drama, and arts and crafts, topping off with a talent showcase.


Belise, who volunteers at xploreARTS, a not-for profit organisation also helping to organise the day, hopes it will unlock people’s creativity and imagination. 


‘It will be a good way to bring people from different cultures together,’ she says.


‘We want to show what young people can do and encourage them to be more creative.


‘I want to inspire them to believe that they can be a great artist regardless of the environment they are from and that it can lead to truly great things.’


The 20-year-old, who is studying law at university, teaches dance in her spare time.


She got into dancing because it allows her to express herself in ways she feels are different to anything else.


Belise hopes Saturday’s event is the first of what becomes a regular affair for the town.


‘The area is quite deprived at the moment in terms of things for young people to do.


‘I would feel so proud if we could do something like this every year. It would give the area the boost it needs.’




Author: N. Farooq


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