Rock School Returns For InterAct Festival
Rock School is back for the summer at the Nerve Centre as part of the InterAct Youth Arts Festival, which runs from August 13-19.
Wally of Cashier No.9 will mentor five band members throughout the week to write their own song and rehearse it for public performance. The newly formed band will be the opening act at a special gig night on August 16, playing the same line up as Cashier No.9, the Wonder Villains, Silhouette and Intermission.
The Nerve Centre is also inviting 12-21 year olds to Tech Lab, a music production workshop using Garageband, as well the Interact Cinema Club, with screenings of the spooky Woman in Black, American musical Grease, comedy hit of the year 21 Jump Street and a matinee of Disney’s Tangled, a new twist on the Rapunzel fairy tale.
The InterAct Youth Arts Festival is now in its fourth year. The festival is designed by the Millennium Forum’s Youth Forum team, with workshops, films and masterclasses. Free to attend, activities include: Fused Dance, DJ School, Stage Tech School, Rock School, 35mm Photography, Modern and Contemporary Dance, Acting for Auditions, Comic Arts, Games Design, Screen Printing, Street Dance, Singing for Auditions, Drumathon, Tech Lab, Graphic Design, Step Up If You Think You Can Dance, Breaking Into the Acting Business, Actor’s Studio, Youth Mural, Melodicity, Songwriting, Animation, Musical Theatre Academy and Circus Skills.
Special guest events will see Ben Kelly of the Voice UK deliver a masterclass in preparing for a singing audition. Tim McGarry, actor, writer and stand up best known for playing Da in Give My Head Peace, will take aspiring actors through an acting workshop. Derry’s very own singer songwriter Paul Casey will share his experiences of the songwriting process and Steve Batts of Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company will explore the principles of partnering through contemporary dance.
The events will take place in the Millennium Forum, Nerve Centre, Playhouse, Gasyard, Eden Place Arts Centre, Verbal Arts Centre, Void Gallery, the University of Ulster, Newbuildings Youth & Community Centre, the ARC Centre Bloomfield in association with Greater Shantallow Community Arts, Lincoln Court Youth Centre and The Diamond Centre, Claudy.
Tickets for the Cashier No.9 gig night are priced at £7 and are now on sale from the Millennium Forum’s Box Office and Nerve Centre. Book now to avoid disappointment! Interact is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The Reconciliation Fund through the Department of Foreign Affairs and is sponsored by Q102, The Derry News, The City Hotel and learningpool.
View the full 2012 InterAct Youth Arts Festival programme below: