This week ACE youth are on exchange in Amsterdam, Netherlands with African Performing Arts company, Untold.
Untold is a cultural organization which helps to engage young people in art and culture, especially West African and Afro-Caribbean dance and music.
In order to keep you updated on the work we are doing in Amsterdam ACE youth will be keeping a diary of their experiences and you can keep up to date here, on Facebook and on Twitter! Read our first entries by Bria and Anike below!
“Hi my name is Bria and over this next week I am in Amsterdam with ACE youth! In Amsterdam we are going to have many opportunities such as dancing at Kwaku festival, working with Untold and exploring the famous city. However before we get right into the full swing of the week, today was the day to meet the dancers from Untold, many of which were from the exchange that happened last year. We did this by playing games and ice breakers both under instruction and at lunch time when we all sat together to eat. It was great interacting with everyone to get to know about their culture and personalities and I hope that as the week goes on we can bond even more as one big family because that is exactly how I see ACE. I am looking forward to the remainder of the week to see everything that happens and what we do as I think it will be a great first time experience taking part in the Amsterdam exchange with ACE.”
“Hi I’m Anike! So… today has been our first time meeting with Untold youth over in Amsterdam and it has been such an exciting experience! I didn’t realise until today how much I had missed them. I literally bond with them like they are family. Today was all about getting to know one another and sharing our passion for dance. It was really interesting to see how confident the group have become because at first when they came to England they were shy but I feel like now that they are at home and we have come to them, they can embrace their true charisma and culture and share it with us. I can’t wait for the jamming session tomorrow! It should be another good day!”