Arts festival aims to give young some inspiration

The Bloc Roc Festival will launch at the Winter Gardens later this month

The Bloc Roc Festival will launch at the Winter Gardens later this month

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A new festival featuring a range of urban arts is being launched for teenagers in Blackpool.

The Bloc Roc Festival will launch at the Winter Gardens later this month, aimed at 13- to 16-year-olds across the resort.

An Olympic athlete, X Factor contestant and world-class street dancers are all on the bill to attract youngsters to the event, which aims to inspire them in music, art, dance, fashion and urban sports.

The event follows on from a Bloc Roc event in August, aimed at giving 13- to 16-year-olds opportunities to learn how to skate, DJ, dance and create graffiti.

Organiser Kat Pesaran said: “This is giving them entertainment and giving them creative education.”

At the August event, dance instructors from FY West Coast, Leo Oppenheim from Flowskate and Rock Hard Recording Studio were on hand to teach youngsters urban dance, skating and DJ skills, at The Oracle, in South Shore.

For the festival, to be held in the Winter Gardens on October 19, from 4pm – 9pm, organisers have enlisted the help of DJs, music producers, basketball players and skaters from Blackpool business Flowskate.

Also on the line-up are Drumsound Bassline Smith and X Factor contestant Fleur.

And youngsters will be invited to actively participate, from curating shows to performing live on stage, and also learn about training, apprenticeships, job opportunities and work-life skills.

To join the festival, which costs £3 each, youngsters must register.

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