The Missing Link

22 06 2009

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“I’m lucky, I have a Grandma and we have an amazing relationship.  But they’re plenty who don’t and they’re missing out.  I learn loads from her.”

It was this passing comment in conversation with rising star and street commentator Bashy which led to the development of The Missing Link; an artistic installation which seeks to encourage those members of Britains’ youth and Britain’s aging communities to come to understand one another a little better. 

 

 “The young and the old need to re-connect.  It’s the only way we are going to push things forward.  We need to bridge the gap.”                                         

                                                                                                  Bashy

 

With every day that passes the ties that bind us are weakening and unravelling before our eyes, and it’s the ones which are most crucial that are suffering the most.

“I’m lucky, I have a Grandma and we have an amazing relationship.  But they’re plenty who don’t and they’re missing out.  I learn loads from her.”

It was this passing comment in conversation with rising star and street commentator Bashy which led to the development of The Missing Link; an artistic installation which seeks to encourage those members of Britains’ youth and Britain’s aging communities to come to understand one another a little better. 

 

Read enough newspaper headlines and you’ll hear a skewed, strongly stereotypical view of these two generations bellowing from the pages loud and clear.

However, not all persons under the age of 25 are knife wielding hoodies and not all persons over the age of 50 are penniless war veterans whining about gas bills and loathing today’s youth. In fact the two groups have much to learn from one another. 

The Missing Link has been devised to take part in this discussion to help deconstruct the myths and give a platform to ordinary members of the public to tell us who they really are.  It’s not about race or crime (however heinous) or social economic demographics. It’s about relationships and communication. It’s about living life. We’re all doing it and life is short and precious – so let’s enjoy it. Together!  After all – we are all going to get old and we were all once young, should we really be so unsure of one another? Aren’t we all just a little misunderstood.
 
This installation piece won’t change the world. It’s not for us to come up with any answers; we leave that to the audience to ponder, but its simple execution and potent message hope to lead to a ripple effect that will get people talking positively about one another. A welcome change to the persistent negative remarks we are constantly bombarded with.

Bashy (Black Boys, Kidulthood to Adulthood, Catch Me If You Can) spends a great deal of time working with Britains youth through workshops and seminars.  He is regarded as “the voice of a generation,” such is his status he was invited to sit on a special government committee to work on alleviating the threat of knife crime in the UK.  This, and he is one of the driving forces behind ‘The Missing Link’.

 

If you don’t know where you’ve been, how do you know where you’re going? I’m a big believer in that saying, but what’s happening right now today is equally important. This project gets the young and old together, to learn from one another and share experiences – that’s what I love so much about it.  It gets right back to basics and highlights a big hole we’ve got in today’s society.  A bridge needs to be built, this is like placing the first brick”

In breathing life into this project GGi Enterprises have worked alongside Music Matrix and received funding from The Arts Council, England. 

 

All parties are buzzing with enthusiasm about the infectious possibilities of this project.

Music Matrix is a cutting edge music consultancy based in London.  They are supported by and work with several key government and music industry bodies in the UK such as The Arts Council, The Performing Right Society, Universal Records and London Development Agency.  Their aim is to provide access to a range of opportunities for diverse UK artists and creative organisations and build a sustainable and successful relationship between the commercial, public and voluntary sectors of the music business, and encourage groundbreaking partnerships and projects that will support the diversity and innovation of the UK music and creative industries.

 

 

The Missing Link opens to the public at this years CREATE Festival as part of Young London Into Music  at The Greenwich Heritage Centre from the 14th -17th July 2009.

 

Greenwich Heritage Centre

Artillery Sq

London 

SE18 4DX

 

Come and check it out with your family and friends.

 

Admission: Free.

9am – 5pm

 

Plus Bashy will be live in performance exclusively for The Missing Link on Friday July 17th, come early to avoid disappointment.

 

Bashy: Live at The Missing Link

July 17th – 11am and 4pm at The Greenwich Heritage Centre.

The Missing Link displays as part of CREATE09: Young London Into Music.

CREATE 09

The five host boroughs for London 2012 are home to the largest cultural quarter in Europe. 

These unique creative landscapes will come together each summer as we approach 2012. The aim is to develop the UK’s next major international arts festival – a legacy for the Olympic and Paralympic Games that will have a lasting impact on the cultural life of London and the UK.

 

CREATE09 is delivered by a partnership of London’s most celebrated outdoor festivals, producers, arts centres, galleries, museums and theatres. Packed full of world class, homegrown talent, there are six weeks of new and exciting events. 

Young London: Into Music

A new urban music festival programmed and produced by young creatives.  Rising stars alongside the hottest names in grime, dubstep and indie featuring Ms Dynamite, MOBO award winning Akala, Bashy, The Thirst, Brute Chorus, Ghetts, Leon Jean Marie!

Enjoy a show stopping series of fresh, live music and arts events, through the Young London:Into Music mentoring programme. In partnership with Biggafish, Continental Drifts, Music Matrix, Rising Tide, Urban Development.

For more information: http://www.createlondon.org

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