It’s here and it’s huge. Converse have brought over their series of global community projects designed to inspire the next generation of creative spirits through music, art, style and skate. Following on from the success of similar initiatives in NYC, LA and more, CONS Project London will open up in Peckham. Yes Peckham – the newest of London’s gentrification victims. The CONS project kicks off from next Thursday for 10 weeks with a series of talks, workshops and well curated exhibitions aimed at inspiring and providing opportunities to young people. More information on the reverse.
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They’ve teamed up with five London ambassadors to help curate the project; James Benenson (Urban Nerds), Alex Synamatix (The Daily Street), Scratcha DVA (Rinse/Hyperdub), Jerome Campbell (Converse Cons Skate Ambassador) and Sam Taylor (Vice/Little White Lies). Big up Alex!
The CONS Project London workshops will offer tangible, hands-on lessons for local youth ranging from age 16 and above, at no cost. The series kicks off with the first of the Inspire | Create seminars which sees The Daily Street Co-Founder, Alex Synamatix, hosting a series of inspirational talks and panel discussions that bring together London’s creative communities to share ideas that inspire, spark collaboration and educate.
A Mix Lab series curated by Scratcha DVA is also in the line-up; a music production development program giving burgeoning musicians indispensible access to high profile mentors from the UK’s underground music scene. Each Mix Lab class will allow participants to learn new production skills and gain expert advice on how to shape their own music at the CONS Project London’s in-house recording studio.
Next up is Journey Through LDN Sounds - a series of raves, screenings, talks and exhibitions at the Peckham space, which celebrate underground music that has symbolised London over the past 30 years. From the early pioneers of Jungle to the current Bass artists pushing the scene forward, Journey Through LDN Sounds will cover the music genres that have defined generations.
Converse CONS skate ambassador Jerome Campbell and friends have crafted a calendar of photographic and film inspired skate sessions that will help budding skaters learn new skills within the CONS Project LDN Skate Street - a dedicated outdoor space at the venue which has been built using a host of iconic urban architecture, creating a unique skateable city landscape. The overall aesthetic conjures up an unusual urban street scene, with a collection of random signage, storefronts and its own London pub.
Head on over to their tumblr to apply for tickets to all the different workshops and events, including an opening party at the end of next week with the king of drug rap – Pusha T.