Breaking conventions – inspiring Bradford youth through unique hip hop event
From textiles to Tech Styles, a unique hip-hop event in an old mill in Bradford proved abandoned spaces can be transformed by enterprising young people.
Tech Styles, from Tranquil Productions, was one of the UK’s breakdancing highlights of the year, inspiring the people of Bradford. It combined the city’s rich history with forward-thinking dance, music and performance.
The space before
The space transformed
Spaces 4 Change (S4C) is a UK wide programme that will find, fund, support and connect young people aged 16-24 to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community, especially other young people.
The Tranquil Productions team are one of UnLtd’s Spaces4Change social entrepreneurs. They won support for the Tech Styles event, to breathe new life into an empty city-centre space, run dance workshops in the city centre and provide job opportunities for dancers in Bradford. The city is the old textiles capitals of the world, with many factory buildings around the city now left unused.
The support comes at a time as underground breakdancing in Bradford goes from strength to strength. The movement is bringing together people from different cultures and backgrounds and helping to create a sustainable scene in and around West Yorkshire.
So, have you got an idea to transform a space in your local community? Or know someone that does? There are funds of up to £5,000 for young people aged 18 to 24-years-old to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused spaces in the UK. As well as expert support from UnLtd, social entrepreneurs also receive support from crowdfunding experts Spacehive as part of the programme.
How to apply for Spaces4Change support
The next deadline for expressions of interest is at the end of March 2018, find out more by clicking the button below.