During the first 2 weeks of August, Iliffe Arts ran our first CACH Project Summer School, for Children of African and Caribbean Heritage. (For more info about The CACH Project- click here) The project is being funded by Awards for All Lottery Grant, to enable us to provide a range of free fun and creative activities to support this group of often under-achieving children in the Leicester area aged 7-16.
Over the two weeks, the children enjoyed celebrating their cultural heritage and learning about positive black role models. We watched and discussed inspirational films such as “Remember the Titans’’ starring Denzel Washington. The Children created art work and learned how to safely use a craft knife to cut out the different shapes of their chosen national flags. They learnt some street dance routines with Leicester’s very own Carnival Queen 2016 Shereene Williams, learning positive body language, communication and performance skills.
At the end of the two weeks, the children took part in a show case of what they had been doing throughout the two weeks. They were dedicated and worked hard, to write and learn their lyrics and then successfully performed their rap with a microphone and in front of a live audience. For many this was a hard, new and daunting task to begin with, but they all worked hard to support each other and did themselves proud by putting on a dance and rap show for the parents, carers, and directors of Iliffe Arts. The children were also able to record their rap alongside a local DJ, ‘Mista Siyah’, which was also a new and exciting opportunity for them that they thoroughly enjoyed.
The feedback from both parents and children has been extremely positive and Iliffe Arts has successfully been able to fulfil the aims of The CACH Project this summer. Thanks for all the support so far, this is only the beginning so watch out for Iliffe Arts CACH Celebrating Black History Month, during October Half term.
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CACH Summer school Live Rap Performance coming soon!