BBC Radio 1 DJs to host free sessions in Hull to kick-start and inspire the creative careers of young people

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BBC Radio 1 and BBC Learning have announced plans for BBC Radio 1’s Academy – a programme of exciting outreach activity in the run up to BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Hull 2017 that aims to inspire local 16-19 year-olds to take the next step in creative careers.

Radio 1’s Academy will include a series of special events, local engagement and face-to-face activity and will kick off its residency in Hull on 10-11 February when Matt Edmondson and Alice Levine will broadcast live from the city, offering local young people a chance to get involved.

In the year that Hull celebrates its status as the UK’s City of Culture, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Learning will be providing a series of special events featuring a host of stars from the world of music and entertainment that will culminate 21-25 May, with a five day residency at The Albemarle Music Centre.

There’s going to be loads for young people to get involved in over the coming weeks and months in Hull in the build up to Big Weekend and we can’t wait to kick off BBC Radio 1’s Academy in the cityAlice Levine, Radio 1 DJ

During the residency, influential figures from across the creative industries will deliver exclusive hands on workshops, live music performances and industry insight, providing 16-19 year olds with the tools, contacts and information they need to take the next step in their creative careers.

Radio 1’s Academy in Hull will feature:

Music: Radio 1’s iconic Live Lounge and other live performances will transmit from the Academy, while BBC Introducing gigs will provide a platform for local bands and artists. Stars from across the musical genres will host Q&As and practical workshops that will see attendees learn song writing and performance techniques from the best in the business.

Radio: Radio 1 DJs will deliver personal insights into their careers, and attendees will be given the chance to quiz both DJs and Radio 1 bosses about what goes on behind the scenes at the station. Plus the Radio 1 production teams will be giving the ultimate hands on guides to making great radio.
Television and film: Academy attendees will be able to ask those at the very top of the TV and film industries about their careers. Actors, writers, directors, producers and camera operators will all share their insider secrets and top tips on how to get ahead.

Radio 1’s Academy will also see industry leaders and celebrities from the world of social media, business, technology, and design come through the doors offering attendees further bespoke learning opportunities.

As well as scheduled sessions, attendees can spend time in The Hangout – a drop in area full of hands-on-activity. From Speed Meets that offer one on one time with TV and radio insiders, through to daily live Radio 1 broadcasts, career and CV advice, DJ decks, live music, virtual reality, 360 filming and much more.

Radio 1’s Academy is a free ticketed event – ticketing information and further details about the sessions available will be announced closer to the time.

Other Radio 1 Academy activity that will also be taking place in Hull includes:

Radio 1’s Academy – Schools Tour: BBC Learning and Radio 1 will offer every school in Hull a chance to get involved. Pupils in year 10 upwards can attend specially designed sessions featuring some top TV, radio and online talent in schools across the city between 27 March and 6 April.
Radio 1’s Academy Satellite Sessions: In March and May, Radio 1 DJs will offer inspiring workshops and host a BBC Introducing gig featuring top local talent.
Radio 1’s Academy: Class Of 2017: For the first time, Radio 1 and BBC Learning will be recruiting ten people aged from 16 upwards to form The Class of 2017. The ten recruits will be offered tailor made employability training, careers advice, production skills training, behind the scenes tours of BBC studios and facilities, as well as amazing opportunities to work shadow at BBC events and productions in Hull and within the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 team.

Recruitment and selection will take place during the Academy’s central week in May.

Throughout 2017 BBC Learning and Radio 1’s Academy will keep in contact with the recruits and support and monitor their progress into the creative industries. The aim is to see them contribute independently to on-going creative projects in Hull and beyond.

Alice Levine, Radio 1 DJ, says: “There’s going to be loads for young people to get involved in over the coming weeks and months in Hull in the build up to Big Weekend and we can’t wait to kick off BBC Radio 1’s Academy in the city.”

Louise Kattenhorn, Radio 1 Editor, says: “Radio 1’s Academy always brings such brilliant and motivating events. We are relishing the chance to meet the talented young people of Hull and we’re inspired by the passion and enthusiasm for creativity we’ve already seen from them.”

Dan Gooding, Executive Producer, BBC Learning, says: “Radio 1’s Academy inspires young people from all backgrounds to explore creative careers. It’s fantastic to be in Hull as part of the city’s year as UK City of Culture. We’re really excited about the fantastic selection of stars, experts and workshops lined up and about providing the young people of Hull with unique insights into how they can thrive in the creative industries.

Martin Green, CEO and Director of Hull 2017, says: “We are delighted that the BBC has picked Hull to host Radio 1’s Academy and that it has chosen this significant year to extend its offer to include years 10 and 11 for the first time. There’s so much for the young people of Hull to look forward to throughout 2017.”

Radio 1’s Academy will take place in the lead up to Big Weekend – the station’s flagship live music event. Hosted by Radio 1 DJs, Big Weekend is Europe’s biggest free ticketed event and has an unrivalled reputation for attracting live performances from some of the biggest and freshest UK and international acts, bringing the nation together for a shared live music moment.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2017 will be taking place at Burton Constable Hall on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May, with Kings of Leon, Little Mix and Stormzy already announced to perform.


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