NewVIc students perform with local Newham artists to raise awareness of HIV and AIDs at Stratford Circus

ResTec 2016

On Tuesday 29 November 2016, young people will take to the Stratford Circus stage to commemorate World AIDS Day in spectacular style.

Supported by an Arts Council England grant and Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc), “ResTec 2016” combines arts and education to provide performers and the audience with a unique way of learning about the virus. It aims to empower young people to understand the risks and make informed choices as they grow and develop.

The event marks the culmination of a unique partnership between NewVIc, local Newham dance artists, local schools, University East London (UEL) and youth dance groups from East London and Leeds to boost awareness of HIV and AIDs.

Latest figures indicate that over 100 thousand people are affected by HIV/AIDs in the UK. In Newham, however, the numbers are above the national average, with high numbers of pregnant women who are HIV-positive.

Funding for “ResTec 2016” has supported local dance artists and former NewVIc students through a programme called Benchmark. Freddie Opoku-Addaie studied performing arts at NewVIc, before going on to train as a professional dancer at the London Contemporary Dance School. After performing and choreographing a variety of dance pieces across the country, Freddie is now Benchmark’s ambassador and said: “The teachers and staff at NewVIc are so supportive, inspirational and helped shape my future. It is vital to run projects and events like this because they are a vehicle for change for the next generation. Benchmark is a fantastic project for choreographers to develop their craft and in turn help inspire young people’s passion. I’m so proud to be a part of it.”

Zuri Thompson, NewVIc dance teacher and artistic director of “ResTec 2016” and Benchmark, added: “This event is probably one of the most effective ways of educating young people through something they enjoy. This is an effective partnership and young people with a range of abilities – from beginners to undergraduates and professionals, can all contribute and support each other.”

The “ResTec 2016” performance for World AIDS Day will take place at Stratford Circus on Tuesday 29 November 2016 at 7pm. Tickets are £6 (general) and £4 (concessions) and can be booked online at www.stratford-circus.com or by calling the box office on 020 82791080.

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