Youth Unity Day
22nd June 2019
TIME: 12 to 7.30 pm
Renowned Street Artist, Ben Eine has teamed up with the Conscious Links organisation and will be painting a mural throughout their Youth Unity Day this Saturday in Central Parl, Dagenham for the worthy cause of tackling the cycle of knife crime by empowering our youth; Ben will paint a positive message in his instantly recognisable font style – his message will be unveiled to the community on the day in the heart of the event.
Stopping knife crime art is a topic Ben feels strongly about and he has worked in the past with anti-knife crime charity The Flavasum Trust painting a wall for them over the years. Ben is looking forward to paint at Youth Unity Day and talking to young people at the event about his journey through graffiti and street art and how art can be used to take a positive approach to tackle violence and channel positive messages.
About Ben Eine:
Born in London Ben Eine is known as a prolific street artist. Originally a graffiti writer, Eine started his career over 30 years ago, leaving his first tag all over London before developing his distinct typographic style. Eine now operates from the belief that street art is distinct from graffiti.
Eine began painting huge, bright and colourful letters on shutters all over East London. They caught the public’s attention and were seminal in the rise of street art’s popularity.
Eine’s partnership with the, then emerging, London graffiti artist Banksy was hugely influential to the commercial success of both artists.
Eine’s international acclaim was further heightened when the UK Prime Minister David Cameron gifted his ‘Twenty First Century City’ artwork to President Obama in 2010. His work is now held in the permanent collections of the V&A Museum London.
About Youth Unity Day
This event involves teams from across London joining in on the fun of the day and they invite families and communities to come along and get involved where they will be able to share information about services available, opportunities for learning and employment, to find out what some of the barriers for young people are and how to address these and help find solutions to the issues relating to youth violence.
This is a real community partnership event with passion from all the organisations working together to make it happen. The event is run by volunteers helping on the day giving their time for this worthwhile cause along with at least 36 grass roots organisations coming together in unity and hope to share ideas, resources, skills and knowledge from across London and the UK to build long term solutions to work in unity to help empower our young people and offer them hope for their future and their communities. .
Shirley Jackson, Director of Conscious Links says ‘Working in unity is the way forward in helping our youths and bringing our communities together, it’s time to forget ego’s but to all work together its only then we can truly help the young people who need help and guidance”
Youth Unity Day is the beginning of a support system helping communities unite to help reduce youth violence. This is a lifeline to many organisations facing funding cuts that already support many young people by coming together we can work more effectively and build stronger connections to help young people access services easier to get them engaged in something worthwhile instead of gangs and violence
CKP the award winning MC, one of the Directors of Conscious Links said ‘we are proud to be a part of a movement that aims to raise awareness of the issues on our streets and develop solutions that will prevent future generations being lost in the way these young people are. There are many complex issues families are facing, underlying reasons why youth violence seems to be increasing. We need to work together in unity and form partnerships. As a collective we can work together brings our strengths to the table and meet the needs of these communities and young people”
The event are expecting local mayors from two boroughs, councils’ leaders and MPs. Along with celebrities from the sports world and music industry. Entry is free and no one is making a profit from the event, which has been greatly supported by local businesses, proof that great things happen when communities come together!! We hope that Youth Unity is on the road to become the biggest Youth event in the UK.