When I got an email asking me to promote an educational arts charity, I thought exactly the same thing you did when you read the title of this blog post - "yeah yeah, I'll give them a follow on Twitter and be done with it" - but me being me, I was a little curious, so took a look at their website, and was genuinely impressed. here, I thought, is an organisation which has well and truly thrown itself into what it does, and has ended up doing fantastic work as a result. I'm sure you're wondering, "what actually is Eastside?" - continue reading, and you'll find out!
Eastside Educational Trust is a charity which champions youth arts, theatre, film and music. They not only work with Disney to provide the Disney Musicals in Schools programme in London, but also run drama, dance, music and singing workshops for children and young people, as well as creative writing projects, review writing workshops, poetry slams and spoken word events and authors visits to schools.
As if that wasn't enough, they also provide music workshops which help young people to enjoy making their own music, take groups of disadvantaged young people to concerts, theatre productions, galleries and museums, and run one of the BFI Film Academies offering courses for young people in screenwriting, animation and post production. So far, this wonderful charity has set two official Guinness World Records, both for reading aloud, and has been awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - impressive, huh?!
I totally agree with everything this charity stands for, in terms of helping young people to be creative and get a good start to being any kind of artist, so I'm so happy to be supporting them!
If you'd like to know more about Eastside and what they're up to at the moment, give them a follow on Twitter @EastsideLondon or visit their website at www.eastside.org.uk!
This post is not sponsored by Eastside Educational Trust or any of its affliates.