Al Jazeera song writing competition:
Al Jazeera ran a campaign in support of local fishermen and against illegal trawlers. They invited WAYout to run a song writing competition on the theme of illegal fishing open to street youth and fishermen. There were two winning songs and you can see the video here.
Marie Stopes script writing competition.
WAYout, in partnership with Marie Stopes Sierra Leone, ran a script writing competition and the winning scripts were made into short dramas of 15 minutes long. The brief was to write something that engaged men with long term contraception in rural areas or made entertaining the difficult subject of sexually transmitted diseases.
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GOAL song writing competition
GOAL ran a song writing competiton for street youth, about drugs and health on the streets. WAYout recorded the winning entries for the compilation album, “Ambassadors Album”, which was launched in summer 2013.
Africa Youth Circle
WAYout worked with Africa Youth Circle on their short drama encouraging peaceful elections
WAYout Comedy gig
Patron Mark Thomas put on an all star concert in aid of WAYout, the proceeds of which enabled us open the hub. Mark Thomas, Mark Steel, Isie Sutie, Josie Lawrence entertained the audience and Julian Sandi made a moving speech about WAYout’s work.
Ballanta Music Academy– WAYout sponsored 9 students with a musical talent to attend Ballanta.
The London African Gospel Choir performed foot stomping gospel songs, interwoven with readings from Samantha Lawson and songs from De Champ and Grace Mcinerny. They were dancing in the aisles
Soap writing competition
Josta Hopps receives his prize
Established television and theatre writer, Nicholas Mcinerny, ran script writing courses in Sierra Leone and following on from this WAYout ran a soap writing competition. The idea was to come up with an outline that included a description of main characters, place and storylines. Soaps are a great way to explore issues, challenge prejudices and engage audiences.
The competition was won by Josta Hopps for his soap set in Aberdeen. We now want to workshop this and are talking to local channel SLBC about broadcasting the pilot
AYPAD Dance Group
Watch WAYout, in partnership with AYPAD, supports a group of African Cultural dancers. They are a group of ex street girls going from strength to strength having appeared on SLBC and took part in the Peace Caravan touring Sierra Leone