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IITS ARTISTS NARKO AND MAVERICK & MALACHI BRING BIG BARS TO THE BIG TALK

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Ravensbourne, Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Young people passionate about affecting positive change in the community led an urban youth dialogue as part of The Big Talk at Ravensbourne earlier this week. Inspired by the principles of the Samoan Circle, participants were arranged in three circles, one inner, mid-inner and outer. Together the people assembled in the TV studio engage in the three themes of the day:

  • What should be done to reduce the number of young people having unprotected sex?
  • What is the future for stop and search?
  • Are apprenticeships the best route to a job?

Those sat in middle circle were unable to speak or debate until they plucked up the courage to step into the inner circle. It wasn’t long before people were migrating to the middle in an effort to be heard. Shoulders were tapped, seats were exchanged, points were raised, opinions challenged and dialogue flowed. All this action took place under the watchful eye of the outer circle members who commented on proceedings via social media. Yours truly, amplified the debate for the #IITSfam (see #BigTalk01 for a taste of the Twitter action)

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The Big Talk drew to a close after an hour of passionate debate. Everything from London life, policing to jobs, health and enterprise were explored, under the masterful guidance of host Reis Hall. Although the restrictive time limit left little room for clear conclusions, those gathered left with plenty of food for thought. Co-host Anton Uwajeh concluded the discussion segment, sharing graffiti pieces inspired by the discussion on the digital wall as well as some of the choice tweets from the session.

The stage was set for final session and some welcome edutainment. As part of Industry In The Streets’ on-going commitment to nurturing new talent and promoting progressive artists, we set a Big Talk Creative Brief for emerging artists who were inspired by the event’s three key themes. Many emcees, singers and poets responded to the brief but in the end it was South London lyricist Narko who captured the spirit of the occasion with a song penned especially for The Big Talk. He owned the moment with a cliff-hanging cautionary tale about the perils of unprotected sex. The True Skool emcee was followed by on stage by Wandsworth Young Performer champs Maverick & Malachi, who once again demonstrated a level of showmanship and eloquence that sets them apart from the competition. Having worked closely with both acts, IITS was extremely proud to see them win over audiences in an arena more geared toward cultural debate.

Kudos to guests Cllr Stephen Brain, Chief Inspector Darren Cox and Naomi Sheppard (Brook Nationally) for committing their time to engage with the community; respect to notable participants Everton Wright, Team 20/20 Change, Hash, Infecta, The Ravensbourne team and of course Ros Griffiths for the drive and vision to make The Big Talk a reality.

Words: IITSFusion

This event was filmed live, so we’ll keep you posted when the edit is ready for the people. 

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