Jordan Mitchell talks ‘I Am Your Neighbour Festival’ 14 – 18 July

Written by Jordan Mitchell

July 7, 2015
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Summer is upon us, which can only mean one thing; it’s that time of year when we launch I Am Your Neighbour Festival. Whilst we busy ourselves planning the festival events, we spoke to Jordan Mitchell (top left), one of the nine young people working as Festival Ambassador on this year’s event.

Truth About Youth prides itself on making our work about young people, by young people, and with the help of professional support. The project aims to erase the negative perceptions people may have about young people. IAYN Fest is a chance to see theatre makers, spoken word artists, poets, musicians and many more talented young people blow you away with their creative talent.

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This year we’ve got a special inter-generational project with Stockwell Good Neighbours, which brings young people and senior citizens together, in a culmination of theatre, performance and some great grub. Jordan has been heavily involved in the planning of this summer event, Come Dine With Us, and here’s what he says about his work at Ovalhouse and what we can look forward to from the festival….

What do you do as a Young Associate at Ovalhouse?

My main role is facilitating the Stockwell Good Neighbour’s Reader’s Group that we run every Thursday. We prep material for the group and create a supportive and secure environment for everyone present to express their views freely.

Why is the Reader’s Group important to you?

It’s a wonderful, inter-generational project that brings people from different backgrounds and age groups together. It’s unique in that it allows a sense of commonality, and it helps to challenge preconceptions that different age groups may have about each other.

What are the challenges of running the Reader’s Group?

The challenges were in the initial bridging of that gap between people who don’t know each other and don’t feel open and confident to express themselves. Often people come with their own preconceptions, and as a facilitator it was a challenge to encourage people to be receptive and sensitive to others. But it has paid off so far! The group always have a laugh together.

Finally, what can we look forward to at the Come Dine With Us event?

It’s going to be a great event! It will be very interactive, very fun and a nice insight into what we do and the kind of beautiful interactions that can spring out of the discussions we have.

Don’t miss the chance to see this once in a life-time event. Tickets are only £8 (£5 concession). For full listings for our I Am Your Neighbour Festival, click this link See you in July!

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