Battlefront hots up…


Our teen campaigning project, Battlefront, is reaching the end of its first run in May, and the 20 campaigners have been working around the country on events and publicity for their causes. Here’s a run-down of some of the stuff they’re up to:

Zuhal Sultan from Baghdad will be playing at Wigmore Hall in London on April 2nd at 1pm, her first concert in the UK, and giving a talk about why she wants to set up the first ever National Youth Orchestra of Iraq.  Please come along to hear her perform and support her campaign!

On 31st March at 8am James Greenhalgh is using an amazing machine called a flogo to send pound shaped bubbles over the Houses of Parliament. Watch the Flogo demo video – they look awesome! Then on April 1st he  is putting on an event at the House of Commons in front of 50 MPs and invited guests, launching a consultation report on why tuition fees should be capped.

On April 25th Tom Robbins (who spent Pancake Day giving away free pancakes in Soho) is putting on his Kindival at the Chelsea School of Art.  This will be talks and debates about different aspects of kindness medical, social, financial benefits etc, plus interactive performances, plus an art exhibition. He’s also planning to set a UK record for the biggest group hug at a football stadium in a few weeks time. Brave man…

Alexander Rose has had The Mirror back his campaign against Gun and Knive crime, and launched the latest stage of his campaign – involving keyrings made from melted-down guns and knives handed into the police – with a huge event at the Ministry of Sound this week .

Siobhan and Becky promoted their Make A Big Change With Your Small Change campaign by travelling in a campervan to Oxford, Birmingham and London and meeting musicians, dancers and street performers in different busking spots across the cities.  For the finale, Vincent and Flavia from Strictly Come Dancing performed with them in Covent Garden.  Flavia kicked open a piniata of pledges the girls had been collecting from the public during their trip, with over 1000 names of people pledging to make a big change with their small change

Finally, all the Battlefronters are meeting in London on Monday, March 30th to be filmed for the final episode of the next series for C4. They’ll be sharing their experiences in the past year, meeting the mentors who have helped them with their campaigns and also getting the support of celebrities and MPs, including Ed Balls, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.

There’s lots more going on across all the campaigns, so please go to the site and support the campaigners in any way you can. We’re already planning to run Battlefront again, and to build a tool set for campaigners to co-ordinate their campaigns and share experience with other campaigners. We’ll still be following a group for the TV programme, but will have more capacity for teens to upload and run their own campaigns.

Oh, and finally, we’ve been nominated for an International Digital Emmy! The ceremony is on Monday, and i’ve brushed up my tuxedo just in case…

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