WHAT IS "I know I wish I will"?
This project celebrates our 25th birthday through delivering a national spoken word poetry training programme which has developed the creativity and confidence of thousands of young people from across the countrys most deprived neighbourhoods. The project will culminate in an extraordinary, record breaking continuous 25 hour poetry marathon in Londons West End on World Poetry Day (21st March), bringing together over 500 young poets who will perform their original poems and make their voices heard. The event will be live streamed across the world and will welcome celebrities, performers and poets to host each of the marathon sections.
WHAT WILL MY DONATION SUPPORT?
500 young people from across the country will be invited to perform on the West End stage. Many of these may not have the means to travel down to London. As a supporter you can help us support these young people with travel and accommodation costs plus ticket subsidies for their loved ones to enjoy their performance.
We would like to give our participating young people the warmest reception possible and to provide refreshments for those staying overnight and transport around London.
Without your help we will not be able to get all those young voices to the event.
To find out more about the project please see the " I know, I wish, I will " website.
WHY IS YOUR SUPPORT NEEDED?
SPOKEN WORD POETRY CAN BE A POWERFUL TOOL TO UNLOCK YOUNG MINDS AND ALLOW THEM TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES.
Don't just take our word for it:
The UK National Commission for UNESCO is delighted to be partnering with the Eastside Educational Trusts, I know I wish I will project. The project embodies many of the values and ideals of UNESCO, providing young people with an opportunity to access a sometimes less well represented aspect of culture. It encourages them to express themselves when their voices might otherwise not be heard. The I know I wish I will project is a great way for the UK to celebrate World Poetry Day on March 21st.
James Bridge, Secretary-General of The UK National Commission for UNESCO.
"Any support you can give to help Eastside and to help us make this an occasion to remember and to have a great influence on the lives of young people would be so appreciated."
Stephen Fry, Actor, Comedian and Writer.
** neighbourhoods include Rotherham, Toxteth, Boston (Lincs), Peterborough, Forest of Dean
Photography credits: Alex Brenner