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Oh what a night
Thamesmead Youth Voice held its second Open Mic Night at The Link Thamesmead on 1 November with the Halloween- themed event attracting an audience of 130 people; double the number from the first OMN.
Dal told Catch Up: “Sixteen amazing acts performed - ending with TYV members dancing to the Michael Jackson classic ‘Thriller’, led by our very own Naomi and a few other TYV members ensuring audience participation. Diverse acts ranged from a spell-binding tap dance, intriguing singing, funky beat boxing and even themed poetry.
“The best event we have built from scratch yet!” said Lizzy (TYV member). Lizzy also brilliantly held the role as the main presenter on the night and held other responsibilities including press coverage.
Dal continues: “A mouth-watering menu enticed many people to The Link Café with TYV offerings of ‘Bloody Punch’, ‘Petrifying Pumpkin Soup’, ‘Baby Spooky Hot Dogs’, ‘Nail Biting Nachos’ , ‘Flesh Peeling Popcorn’ and more. Fabulous themed costumes, colourful makeup and tasteful and scary decorations made for an exciting atmosphere and provided happy memories for all.
Dal said: “From this, yet another accomplishment by TYV, we can definitely see another Open Mic Night not too far from now. Ideas and suggestions are always welcomed.
“Our TYV volunteers have continued to show their commitment from day one on these amazing projects. We hope to join them on this continued journey in order to help our surrounding community.”
“Seeing all of the TYV group take pride in putting on a successful event and working together made me feel proud to be a part of the TYV team“ Monique (new TYV Volunteer).
“I am really proud of all TYV members. It was great to see how successful the event was.” Bradley
Here’s some of the feedback from the night:
- “The young ones were so brave to go on stage!”
- “Staff and volunteers were warm and welcoming”
- “Setting up the hall and decorating the scene was fun!”
- “One act to remember is Sophie who sang a song from The Wizard and I”
Reflecting on the evening Dal said: “The vibrant spirit of TYV once again enhanced a sense of community spirit. The success of this event is down to hard work by all staff and volunteers involved, collaborative partnership work (e.g. Pixel, TSPA, Archway) and of course the buzzing energy of committed TYV members. Seeing younger people participate in weekly TYV sessions held at The Link and undertaking ‘enriching’ projects that build on ‘their skills’, ‘their wisdom’ and so much more - is totally worth being a part of.”