Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, young people in the Collage Voices programme have continued working on and in person. Their latest output is a short film which sums up the uncertainty and challenges that have left many of them feeling Trapped.

Artistic director Steve Medlin said: “When I was invited to set up Collage Voices two years ago, we had a clear idea of an inclusive, safe space where young people could reflect on the issues and enthusiasm that shape their lives. Little did we know what the young people would be having to deal with. Trapped is a short film which brought together the creative writing group and the young performers. We added some enigmatic music. The result is a poetic and poignant response to current events. As we head back into lockdown, we will continue to help different members of the community reflect on their experiences. I am immensely proud of the work that our Voices participants have achieved.”

Collage Arts premiered ‘Trapped’ last Friday at the first ever digital Haringey Youth Festival featuring young artists and students from all over the borough celebrating together online and offline with blended workshops and performances with Jackson’s Lane, Haringey SHED and Streetz Ahead.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Collage Arts is producing more digital content and less live events. Over the next five months some 100 pieces of digital work will be shared. Around half will be supporting different community members to reflect on these unprecedented times.  

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