7th Jul, 2022

BBC Radio 1 launches 'Big Weekend Connects' to help young creatives pursue their dream career

Ryan Smith 9th May, 2022

BBC Radio 1 has launched an outreach programme for young people in Coventry and the rest of the UK ahead of the Big Weekend at War Memorial Park this month.

Big Weekend Connects will be running online panels between May 16 to May 18 which will give young people the chance to learn about working in the creative industry by providing the skills needed to progress in their chosen career.

‘Connects’ will be hosted by Radio 1 presenter Danni Diston and the panel will be made up of professional young creatives from the West Midlands.

On May 16 the panel will be discussing the fast moving landscape of social media and design and will feature actor and TikTok star Sarel Madzebra, creative designer James Mobbs and fashion and beauty content creator Shantania Beckford.

The following day, actor Ryan Walker-Edwards will be joined by technical gaming artist Leslie Stowe and photographer Veronika J, who will be giving advice to budding creatives in their industry.

The final panel will see sports broadcaster Amber Sandhu talking about becoming a journalist, Taylor James giving out podcasting advice and rapper and poet John Bernard sharing his insider information about getting into the music industry.

As an added bonus, Radio 1’s Drivetime presenter Jordan North will be giving a one day masterclass In Coventry on May 20, where he will offer advice about the ins and outs of working in the radio industry as well as answering any questions aspiring youngsters have.

And there will be question and answer sessions with radio professionals, interactive workshops, immersive masterclasses and CV advice, as well as the chance for everyone at the masterclass to apply for work experience with Radio 1.

The event has been supported by The Coventry Cultural Education Partnership which works to bring the city’s education and cultural sectors together to help young people realise their creative potential.

Jordan said: “Radio 1 is my dream job and I wouldn’t have made it here without speaking to other creatives and networking.

“Radio 1’s Masterclass gives us a great opportunity to show young people all the different career paths available and fill them in on some top radio secrets, leaving them feeling inspired and ready to follow their desires of joining the industry.”

Aled Haydn Jones, Head of Radio 1, added: “We know the last two years have been tough for young people so we want our outreach programme to equip them with everything they need to pursue their dream career and highlight the breadth of the creative industry.”

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