Dv8 project is inspirational and satisfying

unknown soldier project by students of DV8 youth group for youngsters no in full time education or employment
unknown soldier project by students of DV8 youth group for youngsters no in full time education or employment

THIS WEEK SAW youngsters from Dv8 visiting Bexhill war memorial on the seafront to deliver their personal letters to an unknown soldier from WW1.

It was the culmination of their focus on a letter writing project which involved art, music and performance workshops.

The Last Post resulted in this poignant ceremony with the DV8 group on National Letter Writing Day.

The project was led by local artist Skitz and included workshops with Holly McNish alongside Rapper Inja, who delivered spoken word, creative writing and performance. There was additionally a special session by lyricist Harry Shotta, and a trip to Bexhill Museum for inspiration, all working towards each young person writing and performing their original pieces.

On Monday these letters were delivered and students Cai Dupree, Marcus Murphy, Kieran Reardon and Lorenzo Court read theirs out in “a moving end to a wonderful project in which everyone learned a great deal.”

Skitz admitted The Last Post was a challenge for him, having been in Hip Hop for 30 years, but he wanted to work with the team at Dv8, which is based in Victoria Hall, and is for young people not involved in full-time education or employment.

He said: “We had talked about doing a project in the future when the right one came up. The Last Post was it.

“Dv8 was the perfect host for the project because of the people, the amenities, and the whole environment and the positive role that Dv8 plays within the community.

My favourite moment has definitely been seeing the change in confidence in some of the young people that got engaged in the project.

“Seeing them perform their written pieces, watching their journey and playing a small part in it is pretty satisfying.”

James Barton of Dv8 said: “The chance to bring respected artists such as Dj Skitz, Inja, Hollie McNish and Harry Shotta to Dv8 Bexhill was really exciting. We took the decision to combine our Level 1 and Level 3 groups for the project meaning that a wide range of interests and abilities were catered for with vastly varied, but always inspiring, results.”