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REVIEW: #IITSPIRATION CONNECTS x RICH MIX YOUTH TAKEOVER FESTIVAL FEB. 2016

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Curious things happen when #IITSPIRATION Connects…

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Lego Warriors build beats, while masked men master ceremonies behind mics.
Old flyers are assembled into makeshift canvases, fit for fresh artistic expressions.
Dancers are enchanted by an Afrikan Lady’s rhythm.
Poets make paintings speak in a mezzanine gallery, while painters draw inspiration from an art jam below.
Creative practitioners and curious participants square off for roundtable debates, while market stallholders peddled the most valuable of commodities – ideas, opportunities and the means to manifest.

All this and much more took place on Monday, February 15th, under the watchful eye of ringmaster Fusion and his circus of creative collaborators. For one audacious afternoon, Rich Mix became the big tent for 16 – 25 year olds engaged in bold endeavours and creative exchange. The day folded into an evening showcase, celebrating the fruits of our collective labour, alongside an open mic and performances from some of the leading lights in our artistic circle.

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“We’re truly proud of everyone who stepped up and had the courage to contribute to what proved to be a truly #IITSPIRATIONAL day,” says Fusion, MD of Industry In The Streets and founder of #IITSPIRATION. “With the help of our partners, we achieved everything we set out to and so much more. #IITSPIRATION Connects is proof that one day can make a world of difference, if you spend it wisely. The magic often lies in the margins and we are grateful that Rich Mix provided us with a platform to perform our alchemy. Looking forward to making #IITSPIRATION Connects even bigger and better as we prepare for RMYT in the summer.”

Yes, indeed the curator has a master plan. Stay tuned for future #IITSPIRATION adventures. In the meantime, you can sign up here for more information.    

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Photography: Images by Agenda at www.visualmarvelry.com

THE CAST: On behalf of #IITSPIRATION we would like to thank Team IITS (Maria Ferras, Hulda, Theo​, Siobhan and Eugene), Team Rich Mix (Oliver, Margot, Miguel, Maxine, Lucy), Chanti (Blippar), Iain (Trybe TV), Miikz (No Religion Just Faith), BlingwearUK, Phakama, Immediate Theatre, Upswing, Somewhereto_, Phrased Differently, Mile End Community Project, NCS The Challenge, Rich Mix Young Ambassadors, Merging Inks, Mila (Off We Go), Yeti (Chopshop), Bwoywonder, Agenda, Yoshi, DeeRig, Wezley, RIZK Clothing, Nick (CertifiedUK), Yinka Adepitan, Aina More, Linton and of course Cult (the pizza went down a treat!). Anyone who we missed out… you know who you are and it’s all love.