Special Knife Angel video prompts appeal for Coventry young people to take part - The Coventry Observer

11th Aug, 2022

Special Knife Angel video prompts appeal for Coventry young people to take part

YOUNG PEOPLE are being encouraged to creatively capture their thoughts on the Knife Angel being in the city for a special video.

The Coventry City of Culture Trust is calling all young people, from five to 25 years, to use their passion and skills to educate and inspire their peers to help shape a better city for everyone.

The 27-foot sculpture arrived at Coventry Cathedral earlier this month (March 14) and has ignited an emotional reaction across the city.

The sculpture, made of 100,000 confiscated knives, has been welcomed by the families of stabbing victims in the city.

And now organisations from across the city will begin conversations with young people on their responses towards the sculpture and the wider portrayal of young people in society.

That work is being led by the Coventry City of Culture Trust and will see the responses of young people feature in a video that will be streamed during the Knife Angel’s stay in Coventry, which will be screened inside Coventry Cathedral.

Creative director of Coventry City of Culture Trust Chenine Bhathena said: “The Knife Angel has provoked conversation about knife crime and the different challenges our young people face in 21st century cities.

“We want to hear from young people. This is your city, tell us about your life, what inspires and excites you, your interests, your worries and the big issues. Send us your messages by email or short YouTube clips – this could be illustrations, drawings, poems, comedy, a piece of music or performance, or a simple message.”

Chief executive of charity Positive Youth Foundation Rashid Bhayat said: “The issue of serious violence affecting young people is very real, which is why the Knife Angel was brought to the city.

“So it is vital that we use its time in Coventry to expand the conversation beyond those that we are having already.

“It will be meaningless if we fail to include the very people that this devastating blight on our society is affecting most.”

The Knife Angel was created by artist Alfie Bradley who was commissioned by the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, Shropshire.

It will stand at Coventry Cathedral until April 23 as a physical reminder of the effects of violence and aggression.

They should be no longer than two minutes and can be anonymous if requested. Young people can send their film, comedy, animation, spoken word, music or just a simple message direct to knifeangel@coventry2021.co.uk or Whatsapp it to 07765 788249.

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