Up Our Street:Pop Ups is an exciting programme of FREE or 'pay what you like' events and activities for 0-25 yr olds across North West Luton.
Since April 2019 we have brought over 6800 young people and their families everything from beatboxing to freerunning, street dance to open mics, drumming to musical theatre, lego workshops to art workshops, scriptwriting to young artist mentoring as well as our very own Taleshakers storytelling, movement and play sessions for 0-6 year olds, Mums, Dads and carers.
We have hosted BBC Writers, West End Performers, Leading Industry Dance Makers and the very best of our Local Creatives who have all expertly inspired the Next Generation through their workshops.
Sharing and showcasing the arts, talent and creativity of Luton's Next Generation. A chance to celebrate who we are and where we're from #upourstreet #Ibelong
Despite the current situation the Up Our Street Programme rolls on. Now more than ever we must continue to use the arts to bring joy into your communities and homes.
Check out our online and offline events and activities below
Homeskool Beatbox Adventures with Shlomo - Facebook Live
Up Our Street are literally buzzing to announce this one -
During this period of Lockdown we are delighted to be able to share activities and events created and produced by friends across the industry.
Every Thursday, with entire thanks to www.beatboxadventures.com we are proud to host -
Homeskool Beatbox Adventures with Schlomo
Livestreamed on the NGYT Facebook page at 2pm Thursday and every forthcoming Thursday at 2pm. This is one for all the family (ages 4+).
SETS YOUNG IMAGINATIONS ALIGHT” ★★★★ The Times
Record-breaking beatboxer SK Shlomo is launching a huge project to help kids and raise money for NHS Charities Together.
Homeskool Beatbox Adventures is a weekly livestreamed interactive show empowering kids and their families to find their true voices and create their own music. For 30 minutes every Thursday, families around the world will learn new vocal skills from SK Shlomo, the critically acclaimed world-champion beatboxer who has previously collaborated with Bjork, Ed Sheeran and Lily Allen, played at Glastonbury and broken world records with his jaw-dropping vocal gymnastics. Inspired by the success of his critically acclaimed tour show, Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventures For Kids, he wants to teach families in quarantine how to become Superstar Beatboxers and has set up a JustGiving campaign to try to raise £2500 for NHS Charities Together in the process.
Each week SK Shlomo will set families creative challenges to raise money by sharing performance videos of their new skills using the hashtag #beatboxadventures. Over the course of the 6 weeks, the Homeskool Beatbox Adventures community will create an anthem of their own, with its own music video featuring hundreds of families worldwide singing, beatboxing and performing together to celebrate music and to support the frontline workers on whom we all rely so much during this difficult time. “It’s a show about believing in yourself.” says Shlomo “Finding confidence in your own voice is extremely empowering. That’s even more important when so many of us are feeling disconnected - we don’t know how we can help the world. This project can bring people together, connect the world up and raise funds for the heroes on the frontline who we appreciate so much.”
“SUPER MEGA AWESOME” ★★★★★ Deadline News
Location: Shlomo's house & yours
Taleshakers - Facebook Live
Revel, Rave & Rhyme
Join us online for a fun filled family focused session for children aged 0-6 years and their parents and carers.
Our experienced Taleshakers lead Laura will be taking a break from her own 3 little ones (AKA the sleep thieves) to take you on a 45 minute journey that combines storytelling, games and movement. Taleshakers is the perfect playground for little but large imaginations to run wild and free.
Make sure you have a little bit of space to move around, maybe get those bubbles ready and plenty of energy. See you online x
Take some pics of the fun and tag us on twitter, facebook and instagram
Location: Facebook Live
Cost: FREE or Donate what you can
Step out into your garden, open your window, stand on your driveway, take to the stage on your balcony and entertain your neighbours.
Please ensure you are safely located and physically distanced inline with Government guidance.
You could sing a song, do a dance, recite a poem, play an instrument, exhibit some art and simply share your creativity with your neighbours (at an appropriate time of day of course).
Please make sure you have permission to go online before doing so.
Please film it, if you are able to, share it online and include the #myneighboursanartist
Then nominate 5 more people to have a go too and continue to spread the joy.
If you can't access an online platform or are unable to film it, take comfort in the knowledge a neighbour heard you and you probably made their day.
Date: whenever you are feeling ready
Time: Not when your neighbours are sleeping
Our say, Our way - The Online Tour
Calling all young people and their families aged 0-25 years - This is your chance to shape and decide exactly what you want to see next on the Up Our Street programme.
We are offering you the perfect opportunity to have your say, your way. This is your town and this is your time to shape its future.
Share your ideas because this is the place to be heard, where your voices are valued.
We are asking all young people to let us know exactly what you think North West Luton deserves to see next.
Drop us a message on one of our socials (see the handles at the bottom of this page) or email email@example.com We'd love to hear your ideas for how we can keep creative online and offline at this time.
Perhaps you are a keyworker or the child of a keyworker, or maybe you work in a school in North West Luton. If this is you, get in touch and perhaps we can arrange a live chat over Zoom and get planning together.
As soon as we able to re-connect offline, face to face, we will then welcome bookings and tour schools across North West Luton.
This free opportunity will provide pupils with a platform to directly influence the planning and bookings of events and opportunities for young people in the local area.
So far we have had the privilege to meet the young people of Chantry, Whitefield and Southfield Primary schools.
Date: You tell us!
Time: when works for you?
Location: Online (Must be based in North West Luton to qualify)
Book Now / Find Out More: firstname.lastname@example.org
“You’re changing lives. No one else around here is bothered. You have made the summer for my child and her friends”
“My daughter can be really shy in a new environment and around new people but here it was lovely to see her do a little performance that she managed to learn in a short time. This will really help build her confidence”
“The people that run Up Our Street are absolutely amazing and really put my daughter at ease”
“I’ve had the best day ever I don’t want to leave”
Taleshaker – aged 5
“You are doing such amazing work and are absolutely incredible humans!”
Annie Southall – Professional Actor and Musical Theatre Workshop Leader for Up Our Street
“Best revision break ever!”
“I feel a really strong community spirit and support system. Even when you leave the town you still feel connected with NGYT #Ibelong”
Georgina Onuorah – NGYT Alumni – Currently studying at Arts Ed.
Musical Theatre Workshop Leader at Up Our Street
“It was a great chance to bond with my Mum”
11 year old
Family Dance Workshop
“This is such a fantastic thing for the young people in these areas. Thank you!”
“It was the best day ever!”
10 year old
Richmond Hill School
Take a look at this film and feedback (made by the lovely and equally talented Greta) from one of our August Up our Street days where we brought West End Workshops, Beatboxing and Drumming to the young people of North West Luton.
Headline Sponsor The Mall Luton.
Funded by Arts Council England and in partnership with The University of Bedfordshire, The Essex Cultural Diversity Project, Revoluton Arts, Luton Culture & The Love Luton Fund
With thanks to RH Improvements, The Rotary Club Luton, Prestige Design and Workwear Ltd.
In Support of Young Minds UK