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CANCELLED Music and Social Justice Network - Music, Youth and City Life in the Digital Age - Workshop 3

Thursday 26 March 2020

3:00pm - 6:00pm

Carboard Citizens, E1 1EJ

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with Public Health England’s guidance, we have sadly cancelled this event. Where possible we are moving our events to online platforms but, in this instance, the session content and interactive nature of the activities weren’t conducive to a webinar format. Instead, the event facilitators Ciaran and Reveal are turning the content into a new resource of practical activities. We are aiming to have the resource ready to share in early April and it will most likely be a PDF accompanied by a ‘how to’ film. We’re really sorry the session can’t go ahead but are pleased that in its place will be an open access resource for all to use.


For those who were signed up to attend the event, we will send you the resource when it is ready. It will also be available on our website and publicised in our newsletter. 

This is the final session in a series of three workshops facilitated by youth worker and journalist Ciaran Thapar.


This series of workshops will explore the role that music plays for young people in the contemporary British city and rapidly unfolding digital age. From this context, it will draw theoretical and practical lessons on how to use social and musical education to be as impactful and inclusive as possible whilst working with young people. The focus throughout will be on current music genres, such as Drill, that are popular amongst young people. It will be accessible and beneficial to curious education professionals of all ages and backgrounds.


Who is this session for?

Educators, teachers, youth workers, charity-sector workers (programme advocacy and communications), professionals who would like to improve their understanding about how trends in contemporary urban society relates to music being made by young people within it — and how this can inform best practice in education / youth work.


Led by experienced practitioners from different fields of expertise, the workshops will be dynamic, relevant and practical. Participants will gain:

  • An improved awareness about how current social and technological trends in the UK are impacting the lives, educational experiences, career prospects and forms of self-expression of young people.
  • An improved understanding of the modern urban music landscape in terms of genre categorisation, important lyrical themes, styles of production, and forms of mediation in the digital age.
  • Improved knowledge about current academic, journalistic and industry-based conversations regarding modern music from the city.
  • Practical tools for harnessing modern music — its content, form, and social context — to facilitate critical educational experiences and engage with young people inclusively.
  • Practical tools for youth workers, teachers and charity professionals to govern and communicate more effectively with young people.


Workshop 3 – Facilitation

Having established the terms a) “mediation” (to explain pertinent aspects of the current state of British youth culture); and b) “identification” (to explain the Roadworks pedagogy), the third conference will focus on the nuts and bolts of raw facilitation. We will go through three different types of resources we have refined as part of the Roadworks programme. The aim is for participants to gain detailed practical skills, take-on our ideas for delivery, and inspire their own ideas for facilitating an effective, inclusive music eduction experience with young people who are at-risk of social exclusion.


Tea and coffee will be provided.


To ensure that we are able to offer as many free places as possible at Sound Connections events, any cancellations less than 48 hours before this event will result in a fee of £25 for irrecoverable venue and catering costs.

Ciaran Thapar

Ciaran Thapar is a youth worker and writer based in London. He is co-founder of Hero’s Journey, a weekly critical thinking and mentoring programme at Marcus Lipton Community Centre in Brixton, South London, which he has delivered since 2015. He is founder of Roadworks, a new music education programme, at pilot stage, which aims to use UK rap and drill music to engage hard-to-reach young people. He has experience delivering educational programmes across secondary schools, PRUs, youth clubs and prisons in inner-London. Ciaran holds an MSc in Political Theory, and applies his interest in social justice and philosophy to writing journalism about contemporary British society. He is writing his first nonfiction book, Cut Short: Youth, Violence and Loss in the City, which will be published by Penguin Viking UK.


Ciaran Thaper

Reveal Poison

Mehryar Golestani, aka Reveal, is a MC and hiphop educator. He won the national freestyle battle championships (FKO Raw) in 2000, at the age of 16, and later signed to BMG / Arista as part of Poisonous Poets — alongside Lowkey, Doc Brown, Therapist, Tony D and Stylah. Born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in West London, Reveal is considered a pioneer of the international Iranian rap scene. He has toured the world with the likes of Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, Immortal Technique, and the godfather of Persian hiphop, Hichkas. Reveal lectures ethnomusicology at SOAS, University of London, where he is completing his PhD about technology and the mediation of popular culture, hiphop and UK drill music.


Reveal Poison




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