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Young People Perform In International Music Exchange

A group of young people from South Tyneside are taking part in a unique three-way international music exchange between England, Ireland and Sweden.

The group of young musicians and singers from the European Voluntary Service project operated by the Council's Lifelong Learning and Leisure Directorate have just returned from a collaborative exchange visit to Karlstad in Sweden.

The young performers have been working with professional musicians and young people from Ireland and Sweden to write and produce some original work, as well as putting over their own brand of music.

Last year the youngsters from a band called CLARION and a dance group called ISE (Ireland-Sweden-England) and also singer Holly Harn visited Dublin.

All three countries got together in Karlstad to give public performances in a major city centre events venue.

The volunteers have formed close friendships with each other and the exchanges are forging links between young people from different countries and cultures.

The exchange programme is funded by the European Youth Programme and the Single Regeneration Budget.

Later this year it will be South Tyneside's turn to host exchange groups from Ireland and Sweden.

Tracey Jones, Project Co-ordinator for European Voluntary Services, said: "The exchanges are working extremely well. Volunteers from all three countries have worked well together and their collaboration and the music, song and dance has been very well received."

Any young person interested in becoming involved in the International Exchange Programme should contact Tracey on 424 7637.

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