Get down on the farm!

Get down on the farm!

RICE Lane City Farm is about to be taken over by party animals!

Hundreds of young people are expected to converge on the farm for the 2006 Liverpool Urban Music Festival on Saturday 19 August.

And it’s all been organised by the kids themselves.

Liverpool performers, aged eight to 20, from rappers, to R’n’B singers, to DJs will take to the stage for the free, all-day festival.

It’s a massive boost to Liverpool’s 2006 Splash programme, which is helping kids beat the boredom during the Summer holidays with a programme of more than 50 events.

The Rice Lane City Farm Youth Development Group runs a huge range of projects for young people, from play schemes to workshops, and from mural painting to dance and drama.

Kim Connelly, 16, is part of the group and has helped organise the Urban Music Festival and raise funds. She is also a member of the Capital of Culture Youth Advisory Group.

Kim said: “It’s taken a long time to sort out this event but putting it all together has been really enjoyable. I’m can’t wait for the festival to start, it’s a great chance to showcase urban music to Liverpool people.”

The festival kicks-off at 1pm and goes on until 6pm. Performing on the specially erected stage at the farm will be young Liverpool urban acts SFL, Rage, Vogue, Faye, Da 3 Style 3, Endless Limits and many more.

The 2006 Splash scheme is once again proving to be a smash kit with local kids. Last year a record-breaking 22,000 took part and that looks set to grow this year.

Thousands of Liverpool children have already got involved in a wide range of activities, including swimming lessons, first aid, circus skills, puppet design, golf, American football and healthy eating workshops.

The Urban Music Festival has been funded by Liverpool Youth Service, Merseyside Police, Connexions and Rice Lane City Farm. For more information on the event, call Rice Lane City Farm on 0151 530 1066.

To take part in the 2006 Splash programme, or to find out about Splash events in your area, call the Children’s Information Service on 0800 085 2022 and register your details.

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