Young people to organise 'WestRaven's Got Talent'

Young people will work with three Peterborough-based artists to build an extensive eco-art installation at a new community garden in Ravensthorpe. 

The "Moon Stage" will then be used to host WestRaven’s Got Talent on Saturday 9 September 2017.

During two weeks in August young people and children will collaborate to design and create the stage and other art installations as a backdrop for the talent event, including a "Solar Sanctuary" henge and a "Debris Navigator" sculpture. 

On the 9 September, WestRaven’s Got Talent will feature live music, entertainment, stalls and artists stands, a barbeque and a beer tent. It will take place at the WestRaven Community Gardens, in Hartwell Way, from 11am to 6pm.

Sam Smith, the city council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said: “The idea is to focus on getting the local young people of Westwood involved with the city’s children in care, to give them a fantastic school holiday project in preparation for a one day public event. I want the children to finish with a sense of achievement and raised aspirations; having learned new skills, made new friends and had a good time!

“We are grateful for the funding and support of WestRaven Big Local as well as PECT and artists James Tovey, John Elson and Lauren Kendrick as their enthusiasm and drive will encourage the young people to put on an event to remember.”

The workshops to prepare for the event take place from Monday 21 August to Friday 25 August for children, and from Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September for children and adults. To book for these free sessions email

To be involved or perform at "WestRaven’s Got Talent" please contact Sam Smith on

Back in 2012 Westwood and Ravensthorpe were identified as one of four areas in the Eastern region in need of extra community investment and was awarded a £1 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund to help make improvements to the local area.

WestRaven Big Local was set up to oversee the money and the group’s overarching aim is to ‘bring together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live’. The fund has given £5,000 to support WestRaven’s Got Talent.

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