Truth on the Roof (Season 2)

Age range: 16 - 25 | Price: Free | Project by: You Press
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About Project

We are excited to announce that Truth on the Roof will be back this summer for a second season, thanks to our incredible partner; Paddington Central.

‘Truth on the Roof’ season two is a 15-week storytelling project that is focused on helping young artists to share their opinions (conscious truth) on meaningful social issues through poetry, spoken word and music.

The first series debuted in the Summer of 2019 with artists showcasing their original music and poetry on the roof of our office. “I’ve just watched your truth on the roof, Brave Somali mothers! Wow what beautiful words and amazing story! I’m not ashamed to say I had tears in my eyes watching it! So powerful!!” (audience).

This year we have bigger plans for the second season and therefore we looking to recruit 20 young people (poets, spoken word artists & musicians) aged 16-30 years who live, work or study in Westminster. The selected young people will be trained in the art of storytelling, research, life skills etc for 15 weeks (3-6 hours per week). They will also explore the themes of 'future-self and hopes for a better future (inspired by the pandemic)' and create 10 powerful stories in the form of music, poetry and spoken word. The 10 powerful stories will be recorded (studio production) and filmed on the rooftop of Paddington Central and published online - showcasing original spoken word, poetry and music created by young artists from across Westminster. Overall this project will be a collaboration between community members/artists and the employees of Paddington Central.

Below are 3 reasons why you should apply ASAP!

1) We will promote social inclusion, community cohesion and artistic expression by training 20 young artists (from BAME backgrounds) to develop their employability skills. With last year being a challenging year for many young people and communities due to COVID-19, we want this project to specifically focus on human stories and hope for the future.

2) Young people who apply will develop transferable skills that will help them to build their portfolio for future employment. The collection and analysis of qualitative data is a valuable experience to gain as a young person looking for employment. With the help of a professional facilitator and our team, each young person will learn how to interview different people and create creative original responses that present themselves as qualitative analysis. This training will further build confidence, promote sociability and improve decision-making and communication skills.

3) We will also provide the young creatives with a chance to join our creative freelancing programme called ASPIRE, which trains aspiring creative freelancers on the essentials of being a freelancer in the creative industry.

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Deadline date: Friday 16th July 2021

Project runs weekly

During: School Term , School Holidays & Bank Holidays


The programme will be delivered every Wednesdays and Fridays from 2pm to 5pm from August 4th to early September (theory and life skills training). The studio recording and performance will take place between September - December 2021 (practical work and training).

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In-person Support In-person Support
Target Young People
Cost Free
Age of participants 16 - 25
Location Paddington Arts and Online
32 Woodfield Road
London, W9 2BE
Available from - to 04/08/2021-17/12/2021
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