Thursday, 16 February 2012

D.I.Y.: Do It for Youth

I've received two pieces of good news on the Berlin jungle telegraph this week. First of all, I heard about a young, worthwhile charitable organization and second of all, it didn't even sound boring (as worthwhile charities can tend to be!)

Networking for Young People (or N4YP as it's also known) is an organization that provides funding to young London artists... artists who, having been essentially been left to rot by the British government, are more in need of community support than ever before. N4YP plans to raise the money for them by putting on a series of parties, exhibitions and screenings right here in Berlin, over the next few weeks.

The kids being helped by this charity come from a generation of Brits that's been forced to live at home because of their university debts (assuming they even made it as far as uni) yet doesn't have the slightest prospect of finding good jobs in the next 10 years, thanks to all the spending cuts made by fat-cats trying to save their own big butts. Organizations like N4YP help youth to help themselves, setting a great example for their peers while helping to carry on the tradition of positive, D.I.Y. youth action. Make sure that you show your support by checking out some of N4YP's festival events in the next month.

Their Animation Festival launches tomorrow (Friday) night with a party at a church in Friedrichshain. It will showcase several examples of creative innovation by Europe's young and penniless, with short films and animations screened from 8:30 til 9:45, followed by DJs until the early hours. It's a good price for a good cause at 6 euros a ticket but, crucially, it also sounds like a good time! The address is 9-10 Rigaer Strasse and doors open at 8:30. Tickets get you admission to all the festival events.

Festival details can be found at the N4YP website or Resident Advisor.

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