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Swapping Leeds for Lille

Ten young people from Leeds have taken part in a prestigious cultural exchange in Lille this week, which included a presentation of artwork to Prince Charles.

20th August 2010

Their contribution was part of a ceremony to commemorate Commonwealth soldiers who died during the First World War at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. 

The Leeds group, aged 14-17 have been developing a role as Arts Ambassadors for the city, supported by Youth Point at the Cardigan Centre as part of the Find Your Talent programme.  They meet regularly to visit arts and culture venues in the city such as galleries, cinemas, and theatres.

The Lille exchange activities have included daily workshops on dance, DJing, slam poetry and museum/gallery visits. The workshops will culminate in a final performance produced alongside the other European exchange students.  Many of those participating from Leeds had not had access to cultural opportunities before their involvement with Find Your Talent.