The home of the 2012 Olympics will soon be taken over by the inaugural festival of culture that has been created especially for and with the help of young people aged between 14-25. UFest will champion upcoming performers on stages with some of the biggest names in urban music and dance.

Taking place from Monday the 23rd to Sunday the 29th November, this ambitious festival will combine culture and entertainment with a political thread, working with young people based in East London to ask questions and attempt to find solutions to challenges faced by young people today.

Street Team with Big Narstie in Aquatics (1)
Street Team with Big Narstie in Aquatics.

Some of the highlights from this year’s festival will include:

The London Dance Championships – the first year of the championships will bring together some of London’s most exciting contemporary youth dance groups together along with representatives from other London dance organisations such as Sadler’s Wells and Breakin’ Convention. They will be competing for a cash prize of £2000.

Taking the P: 100 of the top political influences under the age of 25 will be taking to the podium in a debate in partnership with the Mayor of London.

Mandem in Court: the comedy trio are best known for their appearances on E4’s Youngers and their YouTube channel which has had over 4o million views and will be hosting an evening of scripted and non scripted audience questions to discuss solutions to problems facing young people today.

UFest will provide opportunities for young people and new experiences that range from events management to performance, while at the same time providing London’s youth with entertainment.

Deputy Mayor for education and Culture, Munira Mirza said: “This new festival, being organised by Londoners as young as 24,is about inspiring more young people to get involved in the arts.”

UFest will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park from the 23d to the 29th November. For more information and event listings visit: http://www.ufestldn.com/ . 

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