Young people will be taking over a disused high street unit in Peterborough for a week.
somewhereto_ re:store [the high street heist] is a youth led high street takeover of disused shop spaces across the UK this summer.
The campaign will showcase young people’s ideas to the crisis at the core of our communities and give them the chance to inject their natural energy, ideas and entrepreneurship into our struggling high streets.
Peterborough City Centre will see an empty shop on Bridge Street open from 20 people taking over the space to do creative and entrepreneurial activities.
Today (Saturday) re:store will launch with a full day of acoustic performances, art exhibits, martial arts demonstrations and presentations by young entrepreneurs with stalls where the young people will get the chance to raise awareness about their talents and businesses.
Katrina D’Souza will be one of the young people at re:store with a stall and demonstrations of her Bubble Tea business.
She said: “We always complain that the high street is lacking diversity and now’s our chance to change it! The re:store is going to be a fantastic opportunity not only for me to showcase what I have got to offer to the people of Peterborough, but also what other young people are up to. I’m really looking forward to sharing my passion with others as well as meeting lots of other people who share similar goals. Make sure you come and witness all the great things we have to offer.”
Other young people at the event will include Fraser Goddon who etches bespoke designs onto mirrors and Emily Majewics who will have a stall of handmade paper craft along with original artwork. Also at the launch will be up coming band, Montagues & Capulets, who having formed in Norwich earlier this year are attracting a lot of admiration for their unique sound.
somewhereto_re:store is supported by Creative Arts East and Peterborough City Council as part of somewhereto_, a service aimed at matching young people aged 16-25 with the space they need to do the things they love within sport, culture, the arts and enterprise.
somewhereto_ has been funded by a £7m injection from the Big Lottery Fund, granted in December 2012 to support its UK-wide expansion over the following four years. The East of England regional delivery partner for the service is Creative Arts East, an arts and community development charity based in Norfolk.
somewhereto_ re:store is a chance for young people to showcase their talents, kick-start their businesses and reconnect with their communities by taking over some of the empty shops across the UK – reinvigorating our high streets in the process. Find out more at www.somewhereto.com/restore