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Impact Arts' Young People Help somewhereto_ Reclaim the High Street!

somewhereto_ re: store campaign opens pop up shop in Glasgow city centre, giving young people a chance to contribute to Glasgow culture.

Glasgow is the latest city to reclaim the high street by taking over an empty shop in the city centre as part of somewhereto_ re: store [the high street heist], giving all young people a chance to showcase their talents and inject their energy and ideas into the local high street.

On 30th July, the public are invited to help kickstart the project by coming along to the launch. The event will act as a taster for what to expect from Glasgow’s latest creative hub, including Lewalicious, a popup cake boutique, Photovoice, a photography exhibition by young people, and a live comic art project. Impact Arts will be starting their project of creating a series of dresses from recycled materials - starting with a plastic bottle dress and inviting the public to take part. Guests will be treated to music from some of Scotland’s most aspiring musicians. This free event runs from 6pm till 10pm on 30th July, at new pop up venue DNA on 12-16 South Frederick Street. Space is limited so get there early.

One young creative snapping up the chance to get involved is Hayley Thomson from Rutherglen, who is using her interior design skills to renovate the somewhereto_ re: store space. She says; “I feel we are doing something good for Glasgow, somewhereto_ re: store is giving us a chance to be a part of Glasgow culture. There are loads of exciting things happening in the city and this is giving me the chance to contribute.”

somewhereto_ re: store [the high street heist] is a youth led high street take over, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, of six 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 entrepreneurialism into our struggling high streets.

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister of Scotland commented on Community and Enterprise in Scotland’s Town Centres, “We want to take every measure possible to ensure our town centres are vibrant places.”

Alison Bell, Project Hub Coordinator for Glasgow, says: “By giving young creatives a platform to showcase their talents somewhereto_ re: store is bringing about a new kind of high street - a high street to be proud of that is investing in the future of young businesses”

somewhereto_ is 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 service is delivered by youth engagement agency Livity in partnership with YouTube.

Linda Quinn, BIG Director of Communications, said: "Young people are fizzing with ideas and enthusiasm just waiting to be unleashed and the somewhereto_ re: store campaign will provide them with the opportunity to channel this energy into a project that they feel passionate about. It is young people that have been hit hardest by the economic downturn but we mustn't let their talents go to waste and by giving them the chance to takeover high street shops, they can show Britain just what they have to offer.

"The Big Lottery Fund is proud to support Livity's excellent work in transforming the prospects of a generation and giving young voices a say in issues of real relevance to them."

Support the young people taking charge of the high street and donate space, equipment, kit, and your time or just show up and check out how young people are bringing empty space to life UK wide. Make the most of your summer! somewhereto_ re: store wants you to get involved with your ideas on how to transform your local high street. Get ready to inspire and be inspired!

Find out more at www.somewhereto.com/restore, or for further information please contact Alison Bell Project Hub Coordinator for Glasgow at restoreglasgow@somewhereto.org

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